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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WORTHINGTON -- While Rock County commissioners seemed ready to move forward with a multi-county public health collaboration during its meeting Tuesday morning, Nobles County commissioners applied the brakes and asked for more time to discuss the idea further. The two boards met via interactive TV with Chris Sorenson, administrator of Lincoln-Lyon-Murray Human Services and Lincoln-Lyon-Murray-Pipestone Public Health, to discuss the potential creation of Southwest Health and Human Services.
WORTHINGTON -- With construction of the $120 million four-lane expansion of Minnesota 60 from Bigelow to Worthington to begin in just two weeks, officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation will host an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug.
WORTHINGTON -- Julie Sanwick received some well-deserved pats on the back when she arrived at work Monday morning at International Quality Homecare in Worthington. The Round Lake woman and trained trauma nurse was among the first individuals on the scene following a motorcycle crash on Interstate 90 Saturday morning just outside of Worthington. Her quick reactions helped to stabilize the 71-year-old Muskegon, Mich., man before an ambulance arrived. Sanwick was on her way back to Worthington from a nursing class in Jackson when she came upon the scene shortly after 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
WORTHINGTON -- Here comes that odor again -- the acrid, pungent smell akin to rotten eggs. It's hanging in the air just down the shore from Sailboard Beach, but if conditions are ripe -- perhaps with the high temperature and lack of wind forecast for this weekend -- people will likely smell the effects of decaying blue-green algae all around the lake. Algal blooms happen every year, not just on Lake Okabena, but on lakes throughout southern Minnesota, northern Iowa and across the country. Typically in this region, the blooms (clustered mats of decaying algae) occur in August and September.
JACKSON -- Tanner Post led his rather calm breeding heifer through a busy walkway and onto a patch of grass alongside Olson Pavilion at the Jackson County Fair Thursday morning.
LUVERNE -- In another year, Ben Fick will be gearing up for college with plans to pursue a career in engineering. Though he isn't quite certain which area of engineering he'll focus on, one thing is for sure -- his years as a Rock County 4-H member steered him toward a career of building and design. Fick earned grand champion on his robotics project at the Rock County Fair Wednesday in Luverne.
WORTHINGTON -- The people of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Worthington are praying for good weather Thursday night, when they open up their lawn to a free concert presented by the Christian musical group Go Fish. The guys will perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the west lawn of the church, at 230 Clary St. Once an a cappella group catering to adult listeners, the group has transformed into a "rock 'n roll show tailor-made for kids," according to its website. Go Fish consists of founding member Jamie Statema, along with Jason Folkmann and Andy Selness.
WORTHINGTON -- It was nearly a year ago when residents of Luverne learned of the generous gifts of Harvey Allison Ordung. The Rock County resident and lifelong farmer gifted more than $4.5 million to a dozen agencies and organizations in Luverne and Rock County. Among the benefactors was the Rock County Historical Society. On Monday afternoon, Rock County Historical Society board president Betty Mann and former board member Maurice Fitzer admired the new barn commissioned with the nearly $59,000 gift the society received from Ordung's estate.
ADRIAN -- A former sports bar and grill in Adrian has morphed into an elegant dining establishment with the opening of The Crystal, a steakhouse and seafood restaurant, three weeks ago. New owners Deb and Mike Anderson are still making changes to the décor, but they have a full menu that will tempt the taste buds of anyone who walks through the door. The Crystal is open at 4 p.m. daily, offering nightly specials and menu items until 10 p.m., with a bar menu offered from 10 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, and from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
ADRIAN -- There were times last fall when Mike Wagner looked across the farm field and saw four generations of his family hard at work. His dad Wendell was hauling loads, son Mitchell was chopping stalks and his grandpa, Andrew Wagner, was driving the combine. "That's probably one of the things we're the most proud of -- that Grandpa's healthy and is still able to help on the farm," said Mike from the kitchen of his grandparents' home Thursday afternoon northeast of Adrian. The farm in Section 34 of Larkin Township has been home to 89-year-old Andrew all of his life.