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 — Farmers Mike and Steve Bousema raised concerns about the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District’s plans to develop the former Prairie View Golf Links property during a public hearing Wednesday night, causing the Nobles County Planning Commission to continue the hearing to May 17 so additional information can be gathered. Mike Bousema said he has tile from his agricultural land to the north and west outletting into a reservoir on the property.
WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Board of Adjustment approved three requests for landowners to vary from required setbacks to either construct new buildings or complete building additions during a Wednesday night meeting in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON — Representatives from Lismore Cooperative Telephone Co. appeared before Nobles County commissioners during a work session Tuesday with a request to help finance $2.5 to $3 million of the Nobles County Broadband project. LCTC was awarded a nearly $3 million grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development in January to deliver fiber to unserved areas in Nobles County. That’s combined with another $3 million LCTC has available to invest in the project.
WORTHINGTON — In a meeting of the Judicial Ditch 12 Drainage Authority Tuesday, commissioners from Nobles and Murray counties learned the repairs needed to fix JD 12 Lateral A — and to level off spoil stockpiles created decades ago — will cost the counties an estimated $55,000.
WORTHINGTON — When Wayne Smith interviewed with Nobles County in 1992, he was asked if he had any questions about the job. He had one. “I asked what the most important part of my job was,” he recalled. After the county commissioners put their heads together and agreed on an answer, they told Smith his job was “to protect the environment — now and into the future.”
WORTHINGTON — When it comes to famous Minnesota musicians, most people put Prince and Bob Dylan at the top of the list. But years before Prince was born and at a time when Dylan was just learning to toddle, the Andrews Sisters of Mound had taken over the airwaves.
ROUND LAKE — A bagpipe processional, recognition of long-standing parishioners and a celebration of prairie-grown faith will be part of First Presbyterian Church’s quasquicentennial observance Sunday in Round Lake.
WORTHINGTON — Little more than a year after expanding into a new building in Worthington’s Bioscience Park, Bioverse continues to see growth in its all-natural line of products that do everything from reduce green organic matter on golf course-sized ponds to eliminate crusting on livestock manure pits. Now, the local company is launching a new product line specifically geared to the agriculture sector while rebranding Bioverse Ag to Healthy Farms by Bioverse.
WORTHINGTON — The E.O. Olson board of trustees approved a pair of grants totalling $46,000 after hearing requests from Nobles County Pheasants Forever and the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District during a Wednesday morning meeting at Worthington City Hall. Members of the trust typically meet once per year to hear requests for funding on projects that target water quality.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners took the first step in a potential collaboration with the city of Worthington and ISD 518 Tuesday when they approved — on a 4-1 vote — a study of the former Campbell’s Soup property along Second Avenue in Worthington.