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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OKOBOJI, Iowa — With more than a foot of snow landing Monday on the Iowa Great Lakes, organizers of the University of Okoboji Winter Games are ready to kick it up a notch this weekend, with a full slate of activities planned for both outdoor enthusiasts and those who prefer to be indoors.
WORTHINGTON — A grant-funded project authorized by Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday will result in address points being collected and entered into the county’s Geographic Information System (GIS) this year.
WORTHINGTON — With the largest snowstorm to hit southwest Minnesota in several years, Mother Nature packed a punch Monday with heavy snow and high winds, bringing traffic to a standstill across portions of southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa. When the storm finally moved out of the area, it had blanketed Worthington and Jackson with 11 inches of snow, Sibley, Iowa with 11.5 inches, Spirit Lake, Iowa with 12 inches and Lakefield with 12.8 inches.
LUVERNE — Artists and nonprofit arts and culture organizations in 2016 generated nearly $20 million in the 18 counties that comprise the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, according to a study by Creative Minnesota. One-tenth of that economic impact — $2 million — is generated in Rock County.
SLAYTON — The shoppers at Jim’s Market in Slayton could always count on colorful produce displays, tasty fruits and vegetables and a friendly woman named Frances to provide practical advice on produce preparation. For the past 28 years, Frances Guild has worked full-time, driving across town to the grocery store by 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, and even working Saturdays and Sundays to keep the produce display filled and enticing for customers.
LUVERNE — The Blue Mound Figure Skaters will host nearly 100 female athletes in Luverne this weekend for the 2018 Ice Crystal Classic. The 11th annual event will feature competition Friday evening through Sunday afternoon at the Blue Mound Ice Arena. The show is free and open to the public.
WORTHINGTON — Civil rights activist Leslie McLemore has visited the Minnesota West Community and Technical College Worthington campus several times to share with students the stories of the America’s turbulent times. Now, he is returning for a public presentation, “In the Spirit of MLK … Voices of Unity.”
WORTHINGTON — Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District managers on Tuesday approved a 2018 budget of more than $586,000, with a large share of its expenses for the year earmarked for renovations to the Lake Ocheda dam. Administrator Dan Livdahl said the district anticipates spending approximately $380,000 for a fish barrier and improvements to the dam, which was constructed in 1940 or 1941 by the Works Progress Administration.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Ten-year-old McKhia Hasty was all smiles and giggles Tuesday when she learned she could have a brief respite from her room at the Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. She was so excited, she even had a can of silly string to shoot off as she walked out of the hospital’s front entrance. McKhia has been hospitalized at the castle since Nov. 27, the day she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a rare cancer of the blood and bone marrow.
WORTHINGTON — After hosting three listening sessions, followed by a public hearing with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District’s management plan for Lake Ocheda has been approved. The authorization sets in motion a series of projects on the lake this year to eradicate the lake’s large roughfish population and promote submergent vegetation. The success of both is hoped to lead to improved water quality in the three-basin lake.