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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ARLINGTON, Va. -- As the bus entered the gates of Arlington National Cemetery Friday afternoon, conversation among the mostly Nobles County World War II veterans aboard grew quiet. They looked out their windows at the rows and rows of white markers and marble tombstones stretching as far as the eye could see. For those who hadn't before visited Arlington -- and for many of those who had -- the mood turned somber. More than 300,000 people are buried at Arlington National Cemetery, including former presidents William Taft and John F. Kennedy, U.S.
ARLINGTON, Va. -- When Ken Thompson stepped off the bus Friday afternoon and walked toward the U.S. Marine Memorial -- more commonly known as the Iwo Jima Memorial -- it brought tears to his eyes. For the Worthington man, this had been his first visit to the monument that honors the more than 6,800 U.S. troops killed in the battle for the Pacific island and serves as a tribute to all Marines. "It was tough. There were too many lives lost," said Thompson.
ARLINGTON, Va. -- The most recently completed military memorial in Washington, D.C., is the Air Force Memorial, situated on a hill overlooking the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery. It was the first stop for veterans on Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight on the afternoon of April 30. The memorial features three stainless steel spires, the tallest of which extends 270 feet above the site, and is meant to represent the "Bomb Burst" maneuver performed by the U.S.
STERLING, Va. -- From the time they entered the Sioux Falls Regional Airport at 6 a.m. April 30 until they returned at 1 a.m. May 1, the veterans aboard the inaugural Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight were made to feel like the heroes they are. For many of them, there was no fanfare when they returned from World War II. Some hitchhiked home from Camp McCoy, Wis.; others rode the troop train into the Worthington Depot.
WORTHINGTON -- Following the official swearing in ceremony for Gene Foth, appointed to fill the remainder of Norm Gallagher's term as Commissioner representing District Four, Nobles County Board members moved into an agenda dominated by the 134 wind turbines to be erected this year in four of the county's townships. Public Works Director Stephen Schneider brought forth a request by enXco to construct a third driveway access to property in Section 13, Larkin Township.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Unbelievable. Tremendous. Pretty neat. Impressive. Wonderful. Those words were spoken countless times Friday and Saturday by the World War II veterans experiencing the inaugural Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight. Less than five months after four counties -- Rock, Nobles, Murray and Pipestone -- began to organize a heroes flight for its World War II veterans to see their memorial, a dream had become a reality. Friday's 6 a.m.
By julie buntjer Daily Globe WORTHINGTON -- The last of the results were made available Thursday from the 2010 Minnesota State FFA Convention, revealing that nearly 40 area high school students earned their State FFA Degree at this year's event. In addition, Ike Pohlman of Jackson County Central was named a finalist in Minnesota FFA Star Production Placement, while Steven Herrig of Mountain Lake was a Regional Star in Agribusiness nominee. Rep.
WORTHINGTON -- Dennis Bucholz, manager of Worthington Ag Parts, went before the Nobles County Planning Commission Wednesday night to notify them of some changes that will need to be made at the business as a result of the Minnesota 60 four-lane expansion project. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is taking about 50 feet of Worthington Ag Parts' property, resulting in the need to move the facility's loading dock and create a cul de sac.
WORTHINGTON -- The Region VI FFA chapters and its members excelled at the Minnesota FFA Convention earlier this week in the Twin Cities, with a first place FFA Creed speaker, four first place judging teams and two former chapter presidents elected to state FFA offices. Maddie Collin, a senior at Southwest Star Concept and sophomore at Minnesota West Community & Technical College, was elected treasurer, while Kirsten Pagel, a senior at Fulda High School, was elected reporter.
ROUND LAKE -- Clifford "Hooley" Huehn of Round Lake points to a spot on his nose and another on his neck where shrapnel pierced his skin during his first day of combat against the Japanese during World War II. The battle scars are reminders of the U.S. invasion on Roi and Namur in the Marshall Islands. The battle lasted only a day and a half, but there were hundreds of American casualties as they fought to take control of the islands from the Japanese military. "That was our first operation," said Hooley, a member of the Marine Corps 4th Division, 24th Regiment.