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 — To hear Ken and Zuby Jansen talk about the days before they married, it’s hard to know whose story to believe. “It was love at first sight,” assures Ken. “No,” chimed in Zuby.
WORTHINGTON — When Susanne Murphy arrived in Worthington in 1979, she brought with her a suitcase, a bicycle and hands ready to help friends in need. It was love that kept her here. Susanne grew up in Illinois, graduated from college in LeMars, Iowa, and planned to attend grad school for guidance counseling. Plans, however, have a way of changing.
WORTHINGTON — An online survey is now open to gather input on the need for child care in the community, from the impact on employers to families who struggle to find a provider. On Monday, the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce distributed email links to the surveys. Information is sought from business owners, parents of young children and from those who will be in need of child care in the near future.
WORTHINGTON — The Southwestern Mental Health Center hasn’t yet reached its fifth anniversary in its Fifth Avenue facility near downtown Worthington, and interior renovations have already been made to create more work space. The reason? The need for mental health services in Nobles County has increased 76 percent since 2012, with a 24 percent increase from 2016 to 2017 alone, according to SWMHC Director Scott Johnson.
JACKSON — Four adults have been displaced after fire destroyed a large older home-turned-apartment building late Monday afternoon. Jackson Fire Chief Mark Temple said when firefighters arrived at 725 White St., the southwest corner of the three-story structure was engulfed in flames. The second floor was already gone, preventing firefighters from getting at the fire, which quickly spread through the attic and into the other parts of the home.
WORTHINGTON — When Daeng and Amy Khamphanh volunteered three years ago to become foster parents, it was just one more way to live out their motto — to serve God by serving others.
LISMORE — The fundraising auction at Lismore’s St. Anthony Catholic Church harvest festival has been known to produce some rather outlandish prices — like the year a quart jar of Doris Diekmann’s homemade dill pickles sold for over $100. Doris still grins about it, then admits, “My son hates dill pickles, but he bid them up.”
WORTHINGTON — Nearly a dozen stakeholders gathered in Worthington Wednesday to prioritize efforts to protect the county’s soil health and water quality. The attendees, which included representatives from the Soil and Water Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kanaranzi-Little Rock and Okabena-Ocheda watershed districts, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Nobles County and the city of Adrian, identified five resource concerns in hopes of getting future federal funds.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners have had on-again, off-again discussions about the need for a new library in Worthington for more than a decade. Worthington ISD planned to exit the former West Elementary building nearly 20 years ago. Can the two entities come together — with a commitment from the city of Worthington — to build a collaborative facility to house both a library, and community education classrooms? Time and money will tell.
WORTHINGTON — Worthington’s Pioneer Village and Dayton House will provide the main stages for a full-length, Christian-based feature film this summer. Fergus Falls-based Redeemer’s Song Ministries will use the local sites for more than a week of filming this June, as they create an anniversary edition of their first-ever film project, “He Leadeth Me.”