Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At The Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday heard a presentation from Lynn Olson, CEO of Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington, regarding progress made since he was hired by the facility a year and a half ago. Olson said the hospital is now feeling the impact of the economy, with job losses and layoffs at some of the larger employers in the region.
NEW ORLEANS, La.
ATLANTA, Ga. - For many of the participants in the Minnesota Soybean Growers Research and Promotion Council's See For Yourself (SFY) program, the highlight of the week-long mission trip was meeting international buyers of U.S.
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Dr. Wes Jamison has spent the past 20 years studying animal rights and animal welfare, along with organizations like the Humane Society of the United States.
WORTHINGTON -- When Kenneth "Jack" Griffith graduated from Worthington High School in the spring of 1941, he was filled with hopes and dreams not unlike any other high school graduate. He enrolled in the aviation class at then-Worthington Junior College and was a student there when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941. As the months dragged on, it was evident to Griffith that he would likely be drafted into the Army.
NEW ORLEANS, La.
LUVERNE -- Gilbert Ketterling still has the scars on his legs and a few marks on his back to show where shrapnel scattered and pierced his body 66 years ago. "I didn't get hurt that bad," said the now-90-year-old World War II veteran from Luverne. "It was just small pieces of shrapnel." Still, the injuries landed Ketterling in a hospital and were enough to earn him one of the military's most esteemed medals, the Purple Heart. That Ketterling talks in slang about the Japanese enemies he fought during four years, four months and 10 days of service to the U.S.
JEFFERS -- He served in every leadership position on the board -- most of them more than one term -- but as of last week, Ron Jorgenson is officially retired after 20 years of service to his local cooperative elevator. Jorgenson was recognized Jan. 11 during the annual meeting of New Vision Cooperative. He served as board chairman from 2003 through 2005, and prior to that spent one year as vice president, four years as secretary and two years as treasurer. Though his time on the board of directors is now complete, Jorgenson is far from retiring.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) technician Ed Lenz presented county commissioners on Tuesday with information on two programs that can help lower property taxes for people who own land adjacent to parcels identified for potential development. The Green Acres program, offered by the Minnesota Department of Revenue, offers a reduced tax rate for parcels adjacent to developable property for up to 10 years, with a reenrollment option available. Land enrolled in the program may continue to be farmed.
WORTHINGTON -- One of the greatest misconceptions regarding land purchased for Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) is that once the land is turned over for habitat development, tax dollars are no longer collected on the parcel. Scott Rall, president of Nobles County Pheasants Forever, said he's been trying to debunk that myth for years. In most cases, the annual taxes paid on WMAs are higher than what was collected when the land was in production. In Nobles County, the Department of Natural Resources maintains 30 WMAs, comprising more than 4,400 acres of marginal land.