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 Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District voted Tuesday to commit up to $80,000 for Ducks Unlimited to create a final design for dam renovations on Lake Ocheda. DU had provided the district with an initial cost estimate during the planning process for a lake drawdown. The cost was based on a similar project DU completed on another Minnesota lake.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners, acting as the county’s Ditch Authority, heard a request Thursday to remove three parcels in Summit Lake Township from Judicial Ditch 11B. Removal would result in those property owners not being assessed for future repairs or improvements on the ditch system.
WORTHINGTON — Thursday marks the 76th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, an act of war that killed more than 2,300 military personnel, sunk five battleships and launched the U.S. military into World War II. It began around 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning, sending shock waves through the United States as word spread.
WORTHINGTON — After going without a full-time game warden dedicated to patrolling Nobles County in recent years, the position has been refilled by a Murray County native. Andrew Dirks officially began in his new post last Wednesday. He will oversee enforcement of hunting, fishing, boating and ATV rules and regulations — among other duties — for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in both Nobles and Rock counties.
WORTHINGTON — What is the significance of Mexico’s Day of the Dead? What does the Hand of Fatima mean to the people of Morocco? What are the traditions of our German or Norwegian ancestors? Find the answers to all of these questions — and learn more about people, customs and holiday traditions — during Celebrations Around the World, set for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington.
WORTHINGTON — For the third time in as many years, a Worthington landmark is being added to the National Register of Historic Places. Last week, the Nobles County Historical Society learned its application for listing of the former National Guard Armory was accepted. The designation comes nearly six months after the Nobles County War Memorial Building was added to the register. The bandshell in Worthington’s Chautauqua Park was officially listed in July 2015.
WORTHINGTON — As Nobles County moves into the final weeks of 2017, its finance department is still crunching numbers on the 2018 budget, whittling down a proposed 5.94 percent levy increase from September to a 3.2 percent levy increase today. The budget and levy won’t be finalized until county commissioners meet Dec. 19.
WORTHINGTON — Twinkling lights and sparkling ornaments will adorn nearly 30 decorated Christmas trees next week for the seventh annual Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC) Christmas Tree Forest in Worthington.
LUVERNE — Even without the snow, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Luverne, as nutcrackers have again taken over the community.
JACKSON — While there is still time for Mother Nature to deliver a white Christmas, several area communities are celebrating the season with festivals this weekend — and temperatures in the upper 40s sound just about perfect to organizers.