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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HERON LAKE -- Finding a balance between conservation practices and production agriculture took center stage Wednesday night and Thursday morning, as the public weighed in on the efforts of the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. The 12-member council is tasked with identifying and funding projects across Minnesota that protect, enhance and restore wildlife. It receives one-third of the funds raised through the special three-eighths of 1 percent state sales tax implemented in July 2009.
WORTHINGTON -- As long as farmers continue to pay high prices for land, property values are going to continue to climb -- and they did again this year. Nobles County Assessor Byron Swart said owners of agricultural land will see another 10 percent increase in their valuations after recorded land sales from Oct. 1, 2008 through Sept. 30, 2009, showed demand for farm ground has not waned. During the one-year period, 47 sales were recorded in Nobles County -- only three of which included farm buildings.
WORTHINGTON -- After considerable discussion on how to cut nearly $750,000 from the 2011 budget as a result of lost state aid, Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday night ultimately decided to direct department heads to get creative. With budget talks fast approaching, commissioners planned the special Tuesday evening meeting to be updated on the county program aid forecast, and come to a consensus on how county departments should proceed with their budget plans. Before moving into their discussion on budget cuts, however, board members decided to hold off on filling the vacant finance directo
WORTHINGTON -- Cities and townships across Nobles County were tasked with reevaluating 55 parcels during their individual board of adjustment meetings in recent months, but just one of those property owners came before Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday night to request further reduction in property valuation. Judy Christians was granted a $200 reduction -- from $306,600 to $306,400 -- from the Larkin Township Board after pointing out an incorrect description in a grain bin.
WORTHINGTON -- Everyone has a story. This, Sharon Kelly knows. The Worthington woman has been busy in recent weeks going door to door in her neighborhood and around the community selling luminary bags and butterfly sponsorships for this weekend's 14th annual Nobles County Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Kelly, a two-time cancer survivor, will serve as Honorary Chair of the event and speak during the 7 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- With states to the east, west and south all noting confirmed cases of the measles and mumps in recent months, the concern is that it is only going to be a matter of time before Minnesota sees an increase in cases. Earlier this week, Nobles-Rock Community Health Services administrator Brad Meyer said the return of measles and mumps cases is because some people are choosing not to have their children immunized.
ELLSWORTH -- The residents of Ellsworth will be honoring the Red, White and Blue during this weekend's Family Fun Days festival that spans today through Sunday. Events get under way in the far southwestern Nobles County community today, with a baked potato feed from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Ellsworth Public School cafeteria, followed by the Little Miss Ellsworth pageant in the school gymnasium. There are six candidates, ages 6 to 8, vying for the 2010 Little Miss Ellsworth crown. The girls include Brooke Custer, Claire Kramer, Emily Lens, Cassidy Nussbaum, Kendra DeBeer and Torrance Domeyer.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles-Rock Community Health Services is investigating a public health nuisance report in Bigelow. Sanitarian Jason Kloss reported to the NRCHS board on Wednesday that he was notified of property at 2675 Canterbury that was abandoned. The home is owned by Warren Van Westen, who now has an address in Sibley, Iowa. In his report, Kloss noted a strong odor of decaying material and observed food residue, garbage and debris accumulating in every room of the house.
LUVERNE -- The plane is booked, the itinerary has been tweaked, and more than 60 World War II veterans are already on the list for the second Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota (HFSM). The next flight date is Oct.
WORTHINGTON -- A request from a truck driver wanting to haul 90,000-pound loads of soybeans to the Minnesota Soybean Processors facility near Brewster was denied by Nobles County Commissioners during their board meeting on Tuesday. Nobles County Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder brought forth the request, saying that recent legislation makes it possible for people to haul loads over the legal limit of 80,000 pounds if they get permission from the road authority and pay the permit fee. The request was to use County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 35 to transport the soybean loads. "At this po