Julie Buntjer joined the 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 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 farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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WORTHINGTON — The Worthington FFA Chapter hosted its annual banquet Monday at the Worthington High School, with former chapter member and current Minnesota FFA Vice-President Katie Rogers as the guest speaker. During the evening, Rogers was presented a plaque in appreciation for her leadership at the state level. The evening included the presentation of numerous awards and scholarships to chapter members.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday authorized the sale of nine tax-forfeited parcels and set a public auction date of 9 a.m. April 19 in the Farmer’s Room of the Nobles County Government Center. The county has already paid for and completed demolition on the eight parcels that had structures on them, creating bare lots it hopes will be more enticing for bidders. Starting bid on each of the lots was set at $1. The parcels include:
WORTHINGTON — A trio of Nobles County 4-H members have been chosen to serve as 4-H camp counselors for a week this summer, welcoming third- through sixth-grade youths from a 12-county area of southwest Minnesota to the shores of Lake Shetek.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Bill Gordon, a rural Worthington farmer serving as treasurer of the American Soybean Association and director for the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, is in San Antonio this week for the 2017 Commodity Classic. The event is the nation’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show.
WORTHINGTON — They are the men and women who respond to road maintenance issues, address concerns about noxious weeds and encroachments on rights-of-way. They seek opportunities for broadband, and they strive to be responsible stewards of the tax dollar. That isn’t to say township officials have a thankless job. They take pride in what they do — in a road well maintained or an old bridge that gets replaced — and they will even accept a compliment.
WORTHINGTON — A trio of Bloom Township supervisors appeared before Nobles County commissioners in a work session Tuesday, concerned about the amount of land being purchased by organizations like Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited and then transferred to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The supervisors — Jim Joens, Kevin Onken and Kevin Schettler — said their two primary issues are money and maintenance.
WORTHINGTON — Between the 1870s and the 1950s, 115 rural school buildings dotted the Nobles County landscape. Some were known solely by their district number, while others had names — sometimes two or three different names during the decades they housed chalkboards, coal-fired stoves and expanding young minds.
The Nobles County Historical Society is looking for any information or photographs on the following schools, in particular. Little, if any information, has been found on these school districts:
BALATON, Minn. — Luverne is among two southwest Minnesota communities tapped to possibly become home to the state's first commercial-scale shrimp production facility, or shrimp harbor. Michael Ziebell, president and chief executive officer of The trū Shrimp Company, a subsidiary of Ralco Nutrition in Balaton, said an announcement will be made in the near future. Marshall, already selected for the shrimp processing facility, is also in consideration for the first shrimp harbor.
BALATON — Luverne is among two southwest Minnesota communities tapped to possibly become home to the state’s first commercial-scale shrimp production facility, or shrimp harbor. Michael Ziebell, president and chief executive officer of The trū Shrimp Company, a subsidiary of Ralco Nutrition in Balaton, said an announcement will be made in the very near future.