Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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WORTHINGTON — More than 200 sixth-graders from Worthington Middle School took a field trip Tuesday to visit a pair of farms north of Worthington to learn about crop and livestock production. Spearheaded by the Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers, the event’s goal is to provide a connection between kids and the agriculture industry at a time when fewer children are exposed to farm life.
WILMONT, Minn. — A square mile of land in Bloom Township once drained of its many wetlands to produce bushels of corn and soybeans is still in the process of being restored to the benefit of waterfowl and wildlife habitat and clean water. The David B. Jones Tract of the Swessinger Wildlife Management Area was purchased in October 2015 by Ducks Unlimited and transferred 16 months ago to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Today, the site is seeded to 100 different native prairie species of grasses and forbs, and 27 wetlands have been re-established.
WORTHINGTON — After 4.8 inches of rain fell in a span of 24 hours Monday and Tuesday, Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District Administrator Dan Livdahl said the new holding ponds on the former Prairie View Golf Links property were up to the challenge. Though construction on the site isn’t quite complete, water was flowing out as designed following the large rain event, he told the OOWD Board of Managers during its Tuesday meeting.
WILMONT — A square mile of land in Bloom Township once drained of its many wetlands to produce bushels of corn and soybeans is still in the process of being restored to the benefit of waterfowl and wildlife habitat and clean water.
WORTHINGTON — Veterans from across Nobles County and the area now have a free option to get to medical appointments, thanks to a new transport van provided by the Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota. Nobles County Veterans Service Officer Bill Brockberg delivered the van to Worthington on Tuesday. He, along with volunteers Dave Kanten and Mike Vosburgh, are certified drivers, and Brockberg hopes to expand the list of volunteer drivers over the coming months.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County received nearly $298,000 in state funding this year as a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) on 5,620.8 acres it maintains as public lands. The payment arrived in late July and is split between the county, the township where the public land is located and the local school district in a formula that mirrors property tax disbursement. The one caveat is the state does not provide additional funding if, say, additional taxes are levied for a school referendum.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County may end up with one less property to dispose of through a tax-forfeiture sale after an Adrian man requested another chance to pay back taxes on his home at 513 Pennsylvania Ave.
RUSHMORE — Ninety years ago this month, a group of families gathered to pledge their head to clearer thinking, their heart to greater loyalty, their hands to larger service and their health to better living. They called themselves the Rushmore Central Hustlers 4-H Club. This week, the nationwide youth organization is celebrating National 4-H Week, and the Rushmore Central Hustlers are celebrating their honor as the oldest active 4-H club in Nobles County.
WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Board of Adjustment heard two requests for livestock expansion projects Wednesday, and also heard an earful from landowners who say the county should stick to its ordinances. The board, comprised of Nobles County residents, is tasked with hearing requests from landowners seeking special variances from setback requirements.
READING — Dale Solt grew up near the railroad tracks in Mankato, and knows what it’s like to live with noise pollution. But the jake brakes livestock haulers apply when they drive past his place on Nobles County State Aid Highway 9 (McCall Avenue) north of Reading are so extremely loud the noise penetrates his home’s walls and startles him when he’s working outside.