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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ADRIAN -- Nearly three months after a car crash south of Worthington left a Round Lake teen fighting for his life in a Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital, Benjamin Cunningham was walking, talking and accepting accolades from his 4-H family during the Nobles County 4-H Achievement Banquet Saturday night in Adrian. Cunningham was critically injured in a crash on his way home from the Nobles County Fair on Aug. 15.
RUSHMORE -- For a Boy Scout to attain the highest honor in the organization -- that of Eagle Scout -- he has to earn at least 21 merit badges, complete a service project, take part in leadership opportunities and attend a Scoutmaster conference, all before the age of 18. There are more than 2 million Eagle Scouts in the nation, and though it is considered a difficult honor to achieve, a Rushmore couple will soon celebrate a second Eagle Scout in the family. Keith Ailts had dreamed of achieving the Eagle Scout since before he was old enough to be a Cub Scout.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday received a list of ditch systems that make the best candidates for a redetermination of benefits, and authorized Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder to move forward with a request for proposals on the work. "The candidates we chose generally had a smaller area of benefit -- the boundaries were more defined and you don't have to go out looking for other benefitting property owners," said Schnieder.
WORTHINGTON -- Farmers in 29 Minnesota counties, including those in the six counties of far southwest Minnesota, are now eligible for up to 100 percent cost-share to repair or install existing erosion control practices due to late-September flooding. Minnesota's Board of Water and Soil Resources received $13 million through the flood disaster relief law approved during a special legislative session on Oct.
WORTHINGTON -- Whether you need a trailer to haul sticks and leaves to the city dump, cart the 4-wheeler across the county or carry your construction equipment to a job site, Matheson-Linweld of Worthington now has a trailer that will fill your needs. The local company -- formerly known as Valley National Gas and Welder's Supply -- added trailers to its line of welding, gas and industrial supplies about a month ago, according to inside salesperson Arond Peil. Matheson-Linweld carries four different brands, including Finish Line, Eagle and H&H, which are primarily kept in stock, as well as D
BIGELOW -- For the first time in the history of the Bigelow Fire Department, a brand new truck has been added to its firefighting fleet. The 2011 Kenworth tanker was officially put into service on Sept. 11 and, though it has been used in some practice drills, has yet to be put into action in a true fire situation. That's just fine with Bigelow Fire Chief Paul Hohensee. He'd rather not have any fires. Back in March, the fire department learned it was selected to receive a 2010 Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grant of $175,000.
WORTHINGTON -- Officials with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Board of Animal Health were in Worthington Thursday to conduct a table-top test of the county's emergency management system as it pertains to agriculture and the livestock industry. What was already known prior to the exercise is that county officials have some work to do in preparing for a potentially devastating disease outbreak in the county's livestock sector. The roughly 6-hour program presented by Eric Hess of Kansas-based SES, Inc.
WORTHINGTON -- Starting Monday, an estimated 70,000 more Minnesotans will qualify for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, but it remains to be seen just how much additional work it will make for local agencies that administer the dollars. Nobles County Family Services financial supervisor Mike Thies said the new guidelines, handed down by the U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- Local residents studied maps, looked at design alternatives and speculated on what grasses would look best along the new Minnesota 60 four-lane highway during an open house Tuesday evening in Worthington. With Phase I of the project well underway southwest of town, the next deadline for MnDOT is to select the final designs for a screen wall in the Morningside neighborhood and retaining wall under the railroad bridge.
WORTHINGTON -- The Mountain Lake High School FFA's environmental and natural resources team was still celebrating on Monday following their second-place finish at the National FFA Convention late last week in Indianapolis, Ind. The Mountain Lake foursome took runner-up honors in the contest, which included 38 other teams from across the country. Individually, Mountain Lake junior Will Dunker earned fourth of 154 contestants.