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 — Members of the Nobles County Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit for Jose Vasquez, Worthington, to store up to 30 vehicles on his site at 19378 Paul Ave.
WORTHINGTON — Nearly 80 people attended public hearings in Worthington and Pipestone this week to offer their input on a water plan that will guide six counties, their soil and water conservation districts and two watershed districts for the next decade.
RUSHMORE — The scar lines that descend from Mark Tiesler’s sternum and veer out along his rib cage may be shaped like a peace sign, but it will take time for Tiesler to be at peace with the new organ working inside his body. The rural Rushmore farmer and truck driver became a liver transplant recipient in June after a nearly three-year battle with health issues brought on by a combination of alcoholism and over-the-counter Naproxen.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday authorized county staff to seek bids for the demolition of structures on three newly designated tax-forfeited parcels. There are five parcels in all that are currently considered tax-forfeited, according to Nobles County Auditor-Treasurer Beth Van Hove. However, structures on two of the properties are still occupied.
WORTHINGTON — Changes are on the horizon for Worthington’s King Turkey Day festivities next month, and the hope is people will embrace the hometown fun. In place of the traditional carnival rides, the KTD board of directors is planning a variety of free activities, from human foosball and knockerball — in which up to 10 people can wear inflatable balls around their torso and participate in team play — to a beanbag tournament, portable escape room and other activities.
WILMONT — Rod Bosma tries to stay grounded — to put his trust in the Lord and believe he will provide — but it gets a little tough sometimes.
WORTHINGTON — Two weeks after Nobles County commissioners discussed a proposal that involved First State Bank Southwest — with Kinetic Leasing of Fargo, N.D., financing a $2.75 million loan to Lismore Cooperative Telephone Co. for completion of a broadband project in the county — the plans have to be tossed out. Nobles County Administrator Tom Johnson announced during Tuesday’s board meeting that issues arose with the lease arrangement that was discussed.
WORTHINGTON — What do you think of southwest Minnesota’s water quality? Are there issues you would like to see addressed, such as reducing nitrates in drinking water, lessening the severity of algae blooms in lakes or cleaning up our rivers and streams?
WORTHINGTON — Though a formal proposal has yet to be presented, the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District’s board of managers discussed this week a suggestion from the city of Worthington for a potential land swap. Manager Jay Milbrandt said he was recently contacted by City Administrator Steve Robinson regarding a council idea to swap the remaining land that comprises the former Prairie View Golf Links with land the watershed district owns along U.S. 59/Minnesota 60 near Nobles Street.
WORTHINGTON — The Center for Active Living (CAL), in conjunction with the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District, will host a watershed tour at 3 p.m. Aug. 31. The tour is open to anyone interested in learning more about water quality in the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District. Bussing will be provided and will depart from the CAL, 211 11th St., Worthington. Pre-registration for the free event is required by 5 p.m. Aug. 29, by signing up at the CAL or calling 376-6457.