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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LUVERNE -- Times were tough in the late 1930s in southwest Minnesota. Jobs were hard to find, and money was tight. Helmer "Haaky" Haakenson didn't have a whole lot going for him back then. He'd graduated from the eighth grade and couldn't find a steady job in his hometown of Luverne. By the age of 17, he signed up for both the Civil Conservation Corp and the Minnesota National Guard.
WORTHINGTON -- In honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility, located at 960 Diagonal Road in Worthington, will host an open house today, with free hot dogs and soft drinks served by Schaap Sanitation from 11 a.m.
LUVERNE -- The Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight executive committee received confirmation Tuesday that Gov. Tim Pawlenty will accompany his wife, Mary, to the pre-flight banquet of the inaugural Honor Flight April 29 in Luverne. Jane Wildung Lanphere, committee member, said Pawlenty's secretary had called this week to ask if the governor could also attend the ceremony.
WORTHINGTON -- Gene Foth was appointed to fill the vacant seat on the Nobles County Board of Commissioners Tuesday on a 3-1 vote. He will be sworn in at the May 4 board meeting, and serve the remainder of the year as Commissioner of District 4. Foth was the only one of four candidates to attend the meeting, just one day after a special public hearing was conducted and nominations were accepted for the post. Board chairman Marv Zylstra recognized Foth for his interest in and commitment to the position, as shown by his attendance at the meeting.
LUVERNE -- The Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight executive committee received confirmation Tuesday that Gov. Tim Pawlenty will accompany his wife, Mary, to the pre-flight banquet of the inaugural Honor Flight on April 29, in Luverne. Jane Wildung Lanphere, committee member, said Pawlenty's secretary had called this week to ask if the Governor could also attend the ceremony.
WORTHINGTON -- Gene Foth was appointed to fill the vacant seat on the Nobles County Board of Commissioners this morning on a 3-1 vote.
LISMORE -- Jim Knips of rural Lismore will mark his 30th year on the Nobles County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) board of directors next year, but perhaps what is more impressive is that his family's history on the board dates back to its inaugural year in 1955. Jim's grandfather, Alvin Knips, was a charter member of the board after helping to get it organized in 1953. His son, Donald, took over the post from his dad in 1956 and served the SWCD for the next decade. The third-generation family farmer, Jim, was elected to his first term in 1980.
WORTHINGTON -- Within a span of a 30-minute public hearing Monday night, four candidates threw their name into consideration for a vacant seat on the Nobles County Board of Commissioners. The candidates include Gerald Mulder, Gene Foth, Mike Peil and Robert Demuth Jr. Nobles County commissioners will take action to fill the seat, or decide on a special election, during their regularly scheduled board meeting at 9 a.m.
WORTHINGTON -- The Natural Resources Conservation Service, along with the Nobles County Soil and Water Conservation District, will celebrate its 75th and 55th anniversaries, respectively, with an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the Ag Service Center, 1567 McMillan St., Worthington. The event celebrates the efforts of local landowners and crop producers in conservation efforts. It was 75 years ago this month -- during the dust bowl of the 1930s -- that President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Soil Conservation Act, which established a Soil Conservation Service within the USDA.
WORTHINGTON -- The YMCA Cruise Dinner is just one week away and, following in line with its year of change, this year's format is going to be a little bit different. There is much to celebrate, from a new YMCA facility to the 25th anniversary of its humble beginnings in Worthington. The April 24 event will be in the gymnasium on the Minnesota West Community and Technical College campus, located right next door to the new Worthington Area YMCA-DeGroot Family Center on Collegeway. Also, instead of bringing in an inspiring speaker, the YMCA has decided to inspire its guests with music, a cappe