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 The Farm Bleat.
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ADRIAN — A rural Adrian man is in a Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital after falling approximately 20 feet from a grain dryer on his farm Tuesday evening. Randy Lenz broke 10 vertebrae in his back, his left collarbone, right hip and 10 ribs on his left side, and also sustained a skull fracture behind his left ear, according to journal entries written by his daughter, Sheila Erwin, on the CaringBridge website.
LUVERNE — A grassroots movement is underway in Rock County to end poverty, and plans are taking shape to address some of the most unmet needs in this far southwest corner of the state.
WORTHINGTON — In a little more than a month, the city of Worthington will be turning on the tap to accept over 1.9 million gallons of water per day from the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System. Construction crews are on schedule with pipeline installation, but the caveat is the 2-million gallon water reservoir under construction along Monroe Avenue, west of Worthington.
WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Board of Commissioners will host a public hearing in early December to discuss the potential transition to true county assessing, which would replace the individual property assessors hired by townships in the past to conduct property assessments.
WORTHINGTON — Two walk-in coolers and several pieces of display shelving remain in the former Worthington Municipal Liquor Store location, and city staff sought direction from the Worthington City Council Monday night on selling the surplus property.
WORTHINGTON — Age and experience may separate seven-term Minnesota House 22B incumbent Rod Hamilton (R-Mountain Lake) and his opponent, political newcomer Cheniqua Johnson (DFL-Worthington), but before a crowd gathered at Tuesday night’s candidate forum in Worthington, the two seemed to agree on several of the issues.
About a month ago, I bought an ornament displaying a portion of a world map and the words, “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” Escape. Wanderlust. Adventure. My earliest recollections of travel are family trips to the Black Hills, Wisconsin Dells and Amana Colonies. In between those adventures, I’d watch airplanes fly high above the family farm and wonder where the travelers had been and where they were going.
WORTHINGTON — The Thompson Hotel may have a new roof by the end of November if plans fall into place as the city hopes. During its Monday night meeting, the Worthington City Council authorized spending up to $19,800 for engineering firm Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) to prepare construction plans and provide consultation for the roof replacement of the historic downtown building that houses more than half a dozen businesses and 39 residential apartments.
WORTHINGTON — There are 116 communities across the United States who have developed sister city relationships with cities in Germany, but none of them are as long-standing, and few — if any — run as deep as the connection between Worthington and Crailsheim. That appeared evident to Worthington Mayor Mike Kuhle, who joined the leaders of six other Midwest cities to speak during an event hosted by the German Consulate General Chicago last weekend in Indianapolis, Ind.
BEAVER CREEK — Creating spaces for wildlife habitat that are open for public enjoyment — whether hunting or bird watching, photography or nature walks — isn’t possible without the willingness of landowners to sell property for the purpose of conservation. As the sun began to peek through the clouds Friday afternoon, Rock County Pheasants Forever celebrated one such landowner who made the new Rooster Ridge Wildlife Management Area a reality.