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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CRAILSHEIM, Germany — Two busloads carrying members of the “Amazing” Worthington City Band and others from the Worthington area arrived in Crailsheim shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday. Welcomed by a large gathering of friends and host families, and rousing music by the Stadtkapelle (city band), the Worthingtonians are in Crailsheim to help celebrate the 70th anniversary of the sister-city relationship.
ADRIAN — Surrounded by fields of corn, soybeans and pasture land, the Tom and Trish Bullerman farm east of Adrian is home to friendly black Labradors, pigs that grunt and squeal and a black Angus cow-calf herd that can be seen dining on distant pasture land.
WORTHINGTON — While the new graduates of Minnesota West Community and Technical College are paving their career paths, the college is celebrating its own share of success stories in recent months. In a presentation to members of the Nobles Economic Opportunities Network (NEON) Thursday evening, Minnesota West President Terry Gaalswyk provided an update on the multi-campus college and its strategic plan.
SIBLEY, Iowa — The Berkland family has been synonymous with Osceola County 4-H for more than 30 years, so when the youngest of Drs. Dan and Loretta’s four children, Jill, competes for her last time in the show ring this week, there may be a few tears shed.
BREWSTER — Twenty-one steps. The sentinels guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery march 21 steps before turning and marching back to the front of the tomb. Twenty-one — it’s the same number of boot steps stamped in concrete inside the new Brewster Veterans Memorial, leading from the Walk of Honor to the centerpiece — a bronzed soldier kneeling in prayer at the base of a pentagon where a boot stand is featured.
ADRIAN — After a six-month renovation project that required gutting the entire interior and starting anew, the Adrian branch library is ready to welcome readers and guests. A grand reopening is planned at 11 a.m. Friday with brief remarks from Nobles County Commissioner Gene Metz and others, with the facility remaining open until 7 p.m. to welcome visitors who may be in town for the community’s annual Ribs & Rims celebration.
WORTHINGTON — With the potential to generate a better interest rate than currently offered by banks, Nobles County commissioners on Thursday voted to loan $190,000 from its general fund to a drainage ditch system to finance improvements. Nobles County landowners on Judicial Ditch 45, which is shared with Jackson County, will be responsible for repaying the loan to the county, at the true interest rate with a maximum 20-year term for repayment.
WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Board of Commissioners received an update on the county’s environmental services department during a special work session Wednesday. Nobles County Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder noted since the environmental service director’s retirement, the position has been shared by two individuals within the department.
WORTHINGTON — A group of local bicycling enthusiasts is asking Nobles County to consider expanding local trails and perhaps connecting with other counties on a regional trail system. During a county board work session Wednesday, commissioners heard from Worthington residents Jay Milbrandt and Mike Woll about the growing interest to develop trails that create both a safe environment for bicyclists and pedestrians — and a destination opportunity for biking enthusiasts.
WORTHINGTON — They had never before seen fireflies or soybeans — or so many farm fields without irrigation — and the one thing most had on their bucket list to see while visiting Minnesota was a trip to the Mall of America.