Julie Buntjer joined the Daily Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At the Daily Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at www.farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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WORTHINGTON — With the Minnesota Department of Transportation granting its approval roughly a month ahead of schedule, and $9.5 million in transportation bonds arriving this week in Nobles County, Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder says the county is poised to get an early start on what will be a lengthy road construction season in 2017. The transportation bonds approved by Nobles County commissioners earlier this month will fund 14 bituminous overlay projects on nearly 70 miles of the county road system.
$1,094,391 What it is: This is the amount Nobles County budgeted for public works in 2017. What it was last year: $1,076,031 Total County Budget: $34,393,328. Percentage of total budget: 8 percent.
$574,317 What it is: This is the amount of money Nobles County budgeted for library services in 2017. What it was last year:$555,019 Total County Budget: $34,393,328 Percentage of total budget:4 percent
WORTHINGTON — A few Nobles County 4-H’ers proved Thursday morning that in order to do a job right, it helps to stick out your tongue. Cutting through a piece of fleece fabric while following the outline of a pattern? Sticking out your tongue helps with precision. Putting stickers on a styrofoam airplane? Sticking out your tongue helps get the tape placed exactly where you want it.
$1,388,475 What it is: This is the amount of money Nobles County budgeted for debt service in 2017. What it was last year:$1,386,625 Total County Budget: $34,393,328 Percentage of total budget:9 percent
LUVERNE — Major U.S. cities like Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago and New York City have something for everyone and draw hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. Having a hook to lure in visitors to small southwest Minnesota towns, though, isn’t quite so easy. For the past year, some of Luverne’s greatest movers and shakers have put their support behind destination branding — finding the community’s niche and marketing it to draw people to town.
WORTHINGTON — When Nobles County voted to purchase the Armory Business Center in downtown Worthington in the spring 2015, commissioners did so with the idea of renovating the former National Guard Armory into a new library.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners spent the better part of a three-hour work session Wednesday talking about proposed bonding to finance an array of items listed on the county’s capital improvement plan.
$843,346 What it is: This is the amount of money Nobles County budgeted for buildings in 2017. What it was last year:$832,096 Total County Budget: $34,393,328 Percentage of total budget:2.4 percent
WORTHINGTON — During its final meeting of 2016, and with three council members completing their tenure, the Worthington City Council voted Tuesday night to prioritize the replacement of two bridges within city limits. The bridges — one on Fox Farm Road and the other on 10th Avenue over Whiskey Ditch — have sufficiency ratings of 62.8 and 63.6, respectively. Bridges with ratings of less than 80 are eligible for bridge bonding when money is available.