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 — A native of Lester Prairie, Mitchell Hartwig is happy to be settling into his first post-college career in rural Minnesota. Hartwig began his duties as an environmental specialist with the Nobles County Environmental Services department Oct. 9. His primary job duties include serving as the county’s feedlot officer and noxious weed inspector, though he will soon add septic system compliance work following the necessary training.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners had a lengthy discussion during their Tuesday morning work session about replacement of the paved road on the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington. The pavement that extends from Stower Drive north to the grandstand is in need of replacement, particularly the southernmost stretch leading up to the ice arena.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — For the second consecutive year, a Windom High School FFA team has garnered a national championship.
LUVERNE — Staffers from Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Tim Walz’s office met with leaders in Luverne Monday to discuss assistance and strategies after Pilgrim’s Pride announced last week it will close its Luverne poultry processing operation Dec. 29, leaving approximately 200 employees without work.
WORTHINGTON — After setting Nobles County’s not-to-exceed levy increase at 5.94 percent in late September, commissioners presented a new budget with a projected 3.13 percent levy increase during a Tuesday morning work session. The further budget cut represents the elimination of all new requests for full-time staff additions, with the exception of a request from the county attorney’s office. The full-time position requested in that office is 100 percent grant-funded.
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — A Rock Rapids, Iowa, family is enjoying the sweet taste of success after launching a homemade ice cream sandwich business on the front lawn of their Carroll Street home in the summer of 2015.
WORTHINGTON — A Son-D-Farms tractor trailer loaded with market weight hogs rolled Friday morning as the driver tried to manuever a Minnesota 60 roundabout in front of JBS. The Minnesota State Patrol, Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, Worthington Police Department, Worthington Fire Department and Worthington Ambulance were dispatched to the scene at approximately 11 a.m.
WORTHINGTON — Rural Worthington farmer Adam Blume told members of the Nobles County Zoning Board of Adjustment Wednesday night that he could have obtained a simple permit for his proposed 3,000-head swine barn in Worthington Township, but he was hoping instead for a variance to put the barn along a lesser-traveled gravel road, and in a spot where barn vents wouldn’t be pointed in the direction of neighbors.
WORTHINGTON — The results of a study conducted on Worthington’s Lake Okabena two weeks ago to measure the carp population has revealed a problem. Though just nine common carp were captured during the electrofishing exercise, in which electrical current temporarily stunned fish within a 5-foot perimeter of a specially-equipped boat to allow for netting, the size of those captured is a concern.
WORTHINGTON — After months of discussing funding options for Lismore Cooperative Telephone Company (LCTC) to cash-flow the construction of a multi-million dollar broadband project in Nobles County, commissioners on Tuesday authorized the issuance of $2.57 million in taxable general obligation tax abatement bonds.