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 — After selling $9.5 million in road construction bonds late last year to finance 14 bituminous overlay projects across Nobles County, commissioners on Tuesday learned five bids were received from contractors interested in doing the nearly 70 miles of paving work. Nobles County Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder said Duininck Inc., of Prinsburg, presented the low bid of $9,509,949.58 — nearly $400,000 below the engineer’s estimate for the work.The highest bid came in at more than $11 million, he noted.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Public Utilities Water & Light Commission on Monday approved a change order to a contract with Lametti and Sons, Hugo, that calls for additional cast-in-place lining of existing sanitary sewer pipes in the area of Okabena Creek. WPU Manager Scott Hain told commissioners the bid came in so favorably for the project — $65,000 under the engineer’s estimate — that they are adding another 373 feet of pipe lining to the contract to capitalize on the favorable bid.
WORTHINGTON — Athletes win ball games, gamblers hope to win the lottery and youths interested in raising cattle — well, a select few can win five bred heifers to build up a beef herd. Madison Schaefer of rural Worthington is one of those select few. She was recently chosen as one of three recipients in the 2017 Rolling Hills Heifer Program. The other two winners include Jared Henderson of Panora, Iowa, and Cade Connell of Wheatland, Wyoming.
WORTHINGTON — Nearly 5 million pounds of material was recycled by Nobles County residents last year and approximately 10 percent of that was glass. Recycled in shades of amber (brown), flint (clear) and green, the glass eats up profits of recycling centers for the simple fact that companies can make glass bottles from virgin sand and soda ash cheaper than they can push recycled glass through the processing stream.
WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Board of Commissioners has yet to finalize the sale of more than $6.4 million in capital improvement project bonds and already has identified another project to possibly include in the bonding request.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County is once again preparing to host an auction to sell off parcels forfeited to the county for nonpayment of property taxes. Nine parcels are up for sale this time around, though a date has yet to be set for the auction. Nobles County commissioners will classify the lands, set terms for the auction and a date for the sale at their March 7 board meeting. The last tax-forfeiture sale conducted by Nobles County was in June 2015.
WORTHINGTON — When Gov. Mark Dayton announced his proposal for a statewide plan to buffer Minnesota’s public waters and public drainage systems in 2015, it quickly became a contentious issue in farm country.
WORTHINGTON — Nearly 50 people gathered Monday night for the first of what will be several informational meetings this year to discuss plans for the Lake Ocheda enhancement project in Nobles County.
JACKSON — When Dr. David Fell retired from his veterinary practice in Jackson late last summer, it left the city without an animal pound and in a bind for handling stray dogs and cats. Fell not only boarded the animals, but euthanized those dogs and cats who went unclaimed. Five months after his facility closed, the city has yet to find a permanent solution for handling strays.
LUVERNE — First District Congressman Tim Walz and a dozen veterans gathered Friday morning in Luverne for a candid conversation about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and its future under a new administration. Walz, who serves as ranking member on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, was surrounded by veterans from the Korean War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as he spoke of the difficulty and expense of delivering healthcare to veterans in rural areas.