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 — After seeing snow covering their farm fields just one week ago, area farmers are now out in full force getting this year’s corn and soybean seeds in the ground. Temperatures in the 80s on Sunday and Monday, with a seven-day outlook showing minimal rain chances, should give farmers enough time to make significant planting progress in the coming days.
ROUND LAKE — When the Round Lake High School closed its doors nearly four years ago, some may have thought the pitter-patter of footsteps through the building’s hallowed halls would be no more.
WORTHINGTON — Coping with the stresses of work, relationships and family, or grief over the loss of a loved one, can often be overwhelming — even for those who might deem themselves mentally healthy. The reality is that life is difficult, and help is available whether you choose to meet with a mental health professional or prefer the anonymity of a simple text message.
WORTHINGTON — The Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District approved a request from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Tuesday to enroll Lake Bella Park in the state’s Walk-In Access program. The park, which is owned and managed by the watershed district, is already open to public hunting and recreation. Participation in the program will result in signage noting walk-in access points, which could help draw more people to the area for public hunting.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners accepted the lowest of two bids received for professional services to design and provide construction management on an estimated $870,000 project on the Government Center in downtown Worthington during their meeting Tuesday.
ADRIAN — They may be small but they gave off a mighty cry as they were placed into the awaiting arms of their new owners Sunday evening on a farm near Adrian. Nigerian Dwarf female goats were awarded to a trio of Nobles County 4-H’ers after the youths wrote essays explaining why they wanted to win a goat, what they hoped to learn, where they would house it and what they would feed it.
BREWSTER — The traditions of the Lao culture, from food to music and dance, were celebrated Saturday night at the Brewster Legion Hall as the Lao people and guests gathered to ring in the Year of the Rooster. For 26 years, Lao Americans from the tri-state area have gathered in southwest Minnesota to celebrate the Lao New Year. It’s a time to celebrate and to share in the culture of the Lao people who began settling in America 40 years ago.
SLAYTON — Downtown Slayton will be home to a new women’s fashion store when Persona Clothing Co. opens Thursday by owners Trish Kramer and her daughters, Kaitlyn Killoran and Elizabeth Kramer. The trio opened an online shop two years ago, with trade shows and pop-up shops included in their business model.
LUVERNE — Members of a citizen advisory group formed to discuss the future of Blue Mounds State Park has decided to continue its momentum by garnering support to re-establish a Friends of the Blue Mounds State Park organization.
WORTHINGTON — When University of Minnesota Extension Educator Melissa Runck talks about farm safety with children, she uses an “I Spy” safety hazards board filled with plastic farm animals, toy tractors and implements, farm trucks and trailers and plastic little people. As the students gather around the board, they are asked to find the obvious — and sometimes hidden — dangers on a farm.