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 -- For the first time in the history of the Worthington High School agriculture program, the department is being led by three women. Veteran ag teacher Deb Martin was joined at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year by full-time instructor Linnay Yarger and part-time teacher Colleen Duba.
WORTHINGTON -- A youth's senior year of high school is supposed to be exciting and memorable. Between going to football games, dances and drive-in movies, he or she is applying for college and making plans for the future. Leon Schimbeno's final year of high school wasn't quite that memorable. In fact, it was downright sad. "I was losing all kinds of friends -- they were enlisting, they were getting out of school," said Schimbeno.
DUNDEE -- Along the trail that leads out to Fury's Island County Park in northeastern Nobles County stands a stately burr oak tree that is more than 200 years old. It is a testament to the long and storied past, not only of Nobles County, but of a family that has called the parcel home through five generations. Fury's Island itself is about 10 acres, long accessed only through the Fury family homestead located a short jog up the hill.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- A rather unique fundraiser has put an extra $22,600 into the coffers of the Sibley-Ocheyedan High School FFA Chapter. During the chapter's annual banquet Friday night, local sales representatives from Pioneer Seed presented an oversized check to FFA members, the money to be used however the chapter deems appropriate. Pioneer representatives Dan Lonneman, along with Kelly Monier and Steve Swenson, have long supported the work of the FFA. "FFA is really ag-oriented, and being as we all live in an ag community and sell ag products, we love to support them," said Lonneman. The
SIBLEY, Iowa -- The highest honor to be presented to an FFA member at the chapter level is the Star Award, and six of them were presented to members of the Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Chapter Friday night at the group's annual banquet in Sibley. Kendra Kruger was named Chapter Star in Agribusiness, while Drew Heemstra and Caleb Wagenaar were presented Chapter Star Farmer honors.
WORTHINGTON -- They carried gift bags, brochures, freebies and roses in bloom, stopping by one booth after another for information, ideas, a bit of shopping or a relaxing break. Hundreds of women -- and even some men -- attended the third annual Women's Expo Saturday on the campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington. Angie Schieck of Deb's Healing Massage and Day Spa was pulling relief duty -- taking the afternoon shift at the booth and offering neck and shoulder massages to woman after woman waiting in line. "It's been so busy all day," said Schieck as she trie
WORTHINGTON -- With just one month to go before the federal Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act of 2009 (otherwise known as the housing stimulus program) expires, local realtors are seeing continued strength in the housing market. Overall, realtors say the stimulus program has been good for the local economy.
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PIPESTONE -- War is hell. There really is no other word Harold "Totie" Totman would use to describe it. He does not sugar-coat how American soldiers survived day in and day out, shooting at enemies hiding in tree tops, storming beaches and praying they didn't take a bullet, sleeping in the jungle and wondering what the next day will bring. That was what life was like for members of the 147th National Guard Field Artillery's 2nd Battalion.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioner Norm Gallagher will officially retire from his post at the end of this month. Gallagher, 69, had served Commissioner District 4 in Worthington since 2000. His term was set to expire at the end of this year. The announcement was made during Tuesday morning's Nobles County Board of Commissioner's meeting.