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 -- Though it has been two months since the Nobles County Relay for Life wrapped up its overnight event in Worthington, the money has continued to pour in -- so much so that on Friday night, a collection taken at the grandstand during the Nobles County Fair pushed the final fundraising tally over the $100,000 mark. It is the most money ever raised in a one-year period for the Relay for Life since it began in Nobles County 14 years ago, and may be the plateau for the annual event that raises funds for the American Cancer Society's (ACS's) research and education efforts. Leading the
WORTHINGTON -- Seventeen-year-old Benjamin Cunningham of Round Lake remained in critical but stable condition Monday at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., following a crash Sunday night south of Worthington. According to a Caring Bridge page established by the family on the Internet, Cunningham suffered numerous fractures around his right eye and sight in that eye is "most likely gone." He also had a main artery severed and a fracture of the spine. Of main concern at this time is pressure and swelling on his brain.
WILMONT -- Heartfelt hugs, handshakes and smiles were ever present Saturday morning during the commemoration and memorial dedication marking the 50th anniversary of the worst car crash in Nobles County history. An estimated 400 people filled Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church to standing room only Saturday morning to honor the nine victims and the sole survivor of the crash on Aug. 13, 1960.
WORTHINGTON -- Roger Zarn estimates he has completed more than 70 counted cross-stitch pieces in the last 20-plus years, and he has the brag book -- and a growing collection of ribbons -- to prove it. In his fourth year of exhibiting in the open class show at the Nobles County Fair in Worthington, the retired Zarn earned champion honors in the fine arts division for a cross-stitch nativity scene he made from a Stoney Creek pattern.
WORTHINGTON -- Eight months ago, Kennedy Cummings of Brewster was on her way back to Nobles County with a trailer filled with five bred heifers and a dream to start her own cattle herd. Today, the 13-year-old (it's her birthday today) will watch as one of the offspring from those five -- a heifer calf -- is exhibited by younger sister Madison at the Nobles County Fair in Worthington. Cummings will show three cattle -- a market heifer, a market steer and a Prospect heifer -- during this morning's beef show, which begins at 9 a.m.
WORTHINGTON -- The turkeys had their beaks wide open, the chickens panted in their cages, rabbits were fidgety and the dairy cows grew a little skittish in the show ring. And the humans, well, the humans complained about the heat. It was opening day of the Nobles County Fair on Thursday, and Trevor Gruis of the Grand Prairie Rockets 4-H Club said it was the hottest day he remembers in his 12 years of showing cattle. "It was pretty hot," he said as sweat dripped from his face. "It wasn't ideal for showing cattle, but you gotta do what ya gotta do.
WILMONT -- Fifty years ago this week, a two-car, head-on crash on Minnesota 266 in Reading killed nine people, including six Wilmont residents on their way home from working the night shift at Campbell's Soup Co. in Worthington. The crash remains the largest tragedy in Nobles County history, and it forever impacted the residents of Wilmont who lost relatives, friends and neighbors. In all, 38 children, ages 1 to 39, were left without one or both parents. Included in today's edition of the Daily Globe is a special tribute in remembrance of the nine people who died.
RUSHMORE -- Amber Kamm and Sadie Groenewold grew up within a mile of each other on a gravel road east of Rushmore. They've known each other forever, joining the 4-H Cloverbud program at the age of 6 and, for the past dozen years, working side by side in the Rushmore Central Hustlers 4-H Club. Today, the two 19-year-olds will likely be bustling around their respective farm yards, making sure their beef cattle are cleaned up and ready to be brought to the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington.