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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WORTHINGTON -- Between the falling snow and the blowing snow, Nobles County snowplow drivers have had more than their share of work to do this winter season -- but apparently it isn't enough for some rural residents. During their Nobles County Board meeting on Tuesday, Commissioners asked Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder for a report on the snowplowing situation. Several said they had received calls and complaints about roads not being cleared quick enough.
Budget cuts lead to longer plow routes, slower service in areas WORTHINGTON -- Between the falling snow and the blowing snow, Nobles County snowplow drivers have had more than their share of work to do this winter season -- but apparently it isn't enough for some rural residents. During their Nobles County Board meeting on Tuesday, Commissioners asked Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder for a report on the snowplowing situation. Several said they had received calls and complaints about roads not being cleared quick enough.
WORTHINGTON -- Though still under a hiring freeze, Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday approved requests to fill two vacancies for full-time positions, including a deputy registrar and maintenance supervisor. The first request was made by Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Balster, who sought to fill a deputy registrar position in the license center due to a recent retirement.
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A Brewster native serving at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan, has been honored as Warrior of the Week for making life a little easier for citizen soldiers like him who are serving in the war zone. Specialist Joshua Casper was deployed to Afghanistan last June. He is assigned to the Self-Help Shop of the 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Base Support Group, at Camp Eggers, where he aids in construction projects and builds items on request.
WORTHINGTON -- Few residents who live on the shores of Lake Ocheda remember a time when the lake was pristine with clear blue waters and aquatic vegetation. The three basin reservoir -- nestled between Lake Okabena in Worthington and the city's wellhead protection field at Lake Bella -- has, over time, filled in with sediment and become a primary home to rough fish such as carp and bullheads. On most summer days, water clarity is less than six inches in the lake that, at its deepest, measures roughly four feet.
WORTHINGTON -- The federal Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) and the state's Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) program are partnering once again, this time to fund up to $26 million in conservation easements for marginal land in southern Minnesota. The funding, which includes $10 million appropriated for flood recovery through Minnesota's 2010 special legislative session and $16 million expected in federal dollars, was made available in response to wide-spread flooding issues in southern Minnesota last September. In all, 29 counties are targeted for the program, which will pay landowners with qualify
WORTHINGTON -- There is a study afoot in Nobles and Jackson counties to see how local small- to medium-sized businesses are embracing the World Wide Web of e-commerce, and identifying ways they can capitalize on Internet sales in a global marketplace. Julie Foote began conducting surveys with businesses in late December as part of the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) project spearheaded by the University of Minnesota Extension's Center for Community Vitality.
WORTHINGTON -- More than 200 people -- including the parents of several area students -- were on hand to greet Augustana College band members Monday night at the airport in Sioux Falls, S.D., following their weekend flight out of Cairo, Egypt. The welcoming scene was much different from the scenes of chaos they left behind Sunday morning at the crowded Cairo airport. More than two-thirds of the 70-member band arrived in Sioux Falls Monday night.
WORTHINGTON -- Augustana College freshmen Katie Kuehl of Sibley, Iowa, and Brian Hokeness of Rushmore were among band members who landed safely in Minneapolis Monday afternoon following a series of delays and rescheduled flights out of Cairo, Egypt. Kuehl and Hokeness, both percussionists in the 71-member band, were on the first of three flights carrying band members and their entourage from Cairo to Amsterdam and, finally, to Minneapolis. The second flight was scheduled to arrive in Minneapolis just before 5 p.m.
LUVERNE -- Restored, recycled, reused, refinished, rebuilt, revived and repainted -- those words best describe the work that goes into each piece offered for sale at ReBorn Home Furnishings in downtown Luverne. At a time when people often perceive themselves as living in a throw-away society, one family is doing what it can to save objects from being tossed in the landfill by breathing new life into them and making them useful for others. Becky Feikema of Luverne, in partnership with her parents, Ron and Kathy Vander Lugt of rural Chandler, have taken their love of repairing and restoring wo