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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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.
Website gives consumers chance to win a year of free groceries WORTHINGTON -- Matt Widboom is one of nine farmers to be featured on a new website designed to educate Minnesota's consumers about the crops and livestock grown on farms across the state. Not only can consumers get a virtual tour of a working family farm, they can register for the chance to win a year's worth of free groceries. The website, www.FarmersFeedUs.org , features two Minnesota dairy farmers and one farmer each from the state's chicken, egg, pork, beef, turkey, corn and soybean industries.
WORTHINGTON -- The Heron Lake Watershed District has amassed a long list of accomplishments in the 40 years since it was first established to help improve water quality, but perhaps its greatest success comes from educating landowners and finding willing partners to implement conservation practices on the land. HLWD will celebrate its successes and look ahead to the next 40 years during a special anniversary open house from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Heron Lake Community Center.
BEAVER CREEK -- After nearly two years in operation, the wind-to-battery storage project near Beaver Creek is being deemed a success. The project -- unveiled in March 2008 as a partnership between Xcel Energy and Luverne-based Minwind Energy LLC -- has been testing the capability to store wind power produced by Minwind's 11-megawatt wind farm in a nearly 80-ton battery north of Beaver Creek.
WOODSTOCK -- Rural residents of Rock, Pipestone, Lyon and a portion of Nobles counties will soon be able to access broadband service thanks to a $15 million grant and loan awarded Wednesday through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Woodstock Telephone Co., which applied for the funds, will receive a $10.6 million grant and a $4.5 million loan in the latest round of recovery act funding, delivered through USDA Rural Development.