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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ADRIAN — Eight months after the Adrian Branch Library launched an $80,000 fundraising campaign to purchase new shelving and furniture for its soon-to-be fully renovated library, librarian Meredith Vaselaar is nearly giddy with excitement as the goal has not only been met, but exceeded. On Monday, Vaselaar said $80,366 in donations have come in thus far to support the goal. More than half of the goal — $45,000 — will be used to purchase new wooden bookshelves.
JACKSON — In a personal test of endurance, more than 6,300 civilians and military members took part in the 28th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico March 19. Among the participants was 19-year-old Justin Petersen of Jackson. Petersen was lured to the event after seeing a Facebook post by friend Sam Moenning of Hayfield, who was interested in participating.
WINDOM — Nearly 30 farmers from across southwest Minnesota gathered Wednesday night at the River City Eatery in Windom for a heart-to-heart discussion about the state of agriculture, from low commodity prices to health care costs high enough to put them out of business.
LUVERNE — Few things in this world bring greater joy than sharing a smile, a hug, a kind word or a good belly laugh. It keeps you young, it’s good for the heart and it does wonders for the soul. For Rodger and Dianne Ossenfort, the same thing can be said for the volunteer work they do in their hometown of Luverne. They’re quick to admit that while they get to bring joy to others, it’s also brought joy to them.
WORTHINGTON — Thanks to a $94,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Worthington will soon be operating an in-town bus route for residents. Karen DeBoer, director of Prairieland Transit System, told Nobles County commissioners during a Tuesday morning work session the transit route is slated to begin May 1. Funded through a one-year pilot project, she is hopeful the route will be self-sustaining once the grant expires.
WORTHINGTON — A continued strong market in the housing sector will mean an increase in property values for many Nobles County residents this year. Nobles County Assessor Val Ruesch met with commissioners during a board work session Tuesday morning to discuss the increases. Notices will be sent out to property owners in mid-April.
WORTHINGTON — While the nation’s Civil Air Patrol was established one week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, it wasn’t until months later — in fact 75 years ago this week — that the first Civil Air Patrol squadron formed in Worthington.
LAKEFIELD — The Minnesota 4-H organization couldn’t accomplish all it does without the help of screened volunteers — individuals with a passion for the program and a drive to help it succeed. In Jackson County, a rural Lakefield woman is in the midst of her 56th year as a 4-H volunteer and she is eager to help out whenever and wherever she is needed — and for as long as she can.
HARDWICK — In an aging community with less than 200 residents, things wouldn’t get done without people willing to step up and volunteer their time. Hardwick will celebrate its quasquicentennial this summer, and thanks to some dedicated volunteers, this year’s Jubilee Days will be a grander celebration, complete with an all-school reunion and numerous special events to mark the town’s 125th birthday June 23-25.
WORTHINGTON — If there is one thing you want to do before you die — one thing you want to accomplish — what would it be? Would you plan as if you had all the time in the world, or would you plan as though you had days or weeks to live?