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 — “Bow to the partner, bow to the corner, join hands, circle to the left, circle to the right ’til you get back home …” In its heyday, the Turkey Trotters square dance club would fill a dance floor with 20 squares of eight members each. Today, the membership has dwindled to just nine people — barely enough to fill one square — and when the snowbirds head south for the winter, the membership drops to three.
WORTHINGTON — With the construction season winding down and many of the projects finished or nearing completion on the county’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) list, Nobles County commissioners were informed during a public hearing Tuesday that approximately $380,000 of the $6.4 million CIP bond remains unspent.
WORTHINGTON — Jackson-based New Fashion Pork plans to construct a new $10-million feed mill, but just where it will be located is yet to be determined. During a Nobles County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday, Administrator Tom Johnson said one of the sites the company is considering is in Round Lake.
WORTHINGTON — Two weeks after Minnesota’s buffer law went into effect for landowners who farm along public waters, Nobles County Soil and Water Conservation District Manager John Shea reported Wednesday that 1,192 of 1,600 parcels in the county are compliant. Another 390 parcels are in the process of becoming compliant, and landowners of the remaining 18 parcels have not contacted his office to report whether they have their buffers in place or not.
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — The kids of Carroll Street Treats may not have walked away with a grant to help fund their dream of a commercial kitchen to make ice cream sandwiches, but they had a great experience.
LUVERNE — For the past year, every task Jerry Reu completed on the farm — whether it was scooping out a grain bin or fixing a piece of equipment — he’d say to himself, “Well, that’s the last time I need to do that.”
WORTHINGTON — When Joyce Klosterbuer and Marian Hayenga organized their first donation drive for Operation Christmas Child 23 years ago, their goal was to encourage giving among children attending Vacation Bible School at Worthington’s American Reformed Church. Today, the local women are still gathering shoeboxes filled with gifts, but the range from which donations come has greatly multiplied.
WORTHINGTON — When Robyn Silver moved into the home once belonging to her parents last summer, she was faced with the daunting task of cleaning up all that was amassed during George and Marjorie Johnson’s 60 years of life together. It didn’t help that she moved her own household collections into the mix.
LUVERNE — As Warren Herreid II read the names of departed members of Glen’s Coffee Clique Last Man Club Saturday evening in Luverne, the Last Two Men — Helmer “Haaky” Haakenson and LeRoy Luitjens — solemnly stood with their decorated VFW Post 2757 hats and listened as a bell tolled for each of their friends and comrades.
WORTHINGTON — The iron sand filter constructed this fall on the former Prairie View Golf Links property isn’t working properly and it’s not clear who is to blame — the engineers who ordered the materials or the contractor who built it to specifications. During a meeting of the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District’s board of managers Tuesday, OOWD Administrator Dan Livdahl said water isn’t getting through the layer of sand to reach the pipes that will carry it downstream.