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 -- Two weeks after Nobles County Commissioners conducted a public hearing regarding clean out of County Ditch #2 near Bigelow, a decision was made Tuesday to move forward with the work. The decision came after Nobles County Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder reported the ditch was in worse shape than expected. He said workers went through the length of the ditch and found stagnant water on the north end, along with weed growth throughout the roughly 9,300-foot-long ditch.
ROUND LAKE -- When Merle and Eunice Baumgard began hearing their patio furniture blow across the deck Saturday night, they decided to head for the basement. Minutes later, following a rather loud crash, they went back upstairs to find a pine tree draped over their deck railing. It wasn't until morning when they discovered their acreage's landmark -- a giant weeping willow tree -- had also toppled over due to high winds. Merle Baumgard said the two trees were planted shortly after he built the home 33 years ago. "I paid $5 for that weeping willow," he said Monday afternoon as he stood near
WORTHINGTON -- Six senior managers of Ito Ham in Japan and a senior marketing director for the U.S.
LUVERNE -- Jim Brandenburg's eyes lit up like a little child opening the best Christmas present ever as he stood among patches of big bluestem and prairie flowers Saturday morning at the Touch the Sky Prairie nature preserve north of Luverne. The reason for his excitement -- a Department of Natural Resources employee leading a group of teachers on a walk through the preserve discovered a federally threatened western prairie fringed orchid in bloom. Moments earlier, Brandenburg spoke of the rarity of the flower -- he'd found only one in the Touch the Sky Prairie, though some 200 have been rec
LUVERNE -- When you want to teach teachers the best way to get their students to see and experience nature through the eyes of a camera lens, who better to lead the workshop than southwest Minnesota's native son -- famed wildlife photographer Jim Brandenburg. The Luverne High School graduate and former Daily Globe photographer led a group of more than 60 third- through ninth-grade teachers from across Minnesota Saturday through the first of what is hoped to be 80 state-wide workshops in the next two years.
WORTHINGTON -- There's only so much education that comes from reading books and research papers. When it comes down to it, the best lessons are the first-hand experiences of being "where it all comes together." Worthington's reputation as a melting pot of cultures and traditions -- many of them showcased Friday and Saturday during the 17th annual International Festival -- helped lure a couple of special guests to town this weekend.
RUSHMORE -- Communities can come up with some pretty creative ways to draw a crowd to their summertime festival, and that was the case in Rushmore Saturday, as onlookers filled the bleachers and sprawled out chairs in the shade to watch the first Pride and Heritage Days Skidloader Rodeo. Nineteen 2-person teams signed on for the competition that required a combination of good communication skills, patience and, of course, the ability to drive a skidloader through an obstacle course while blindfolded. With the track set up on one of the town's gravel streets, and extending nearly the length o
WALNUT GROVE -- Tall grasses wave in the breeze as, in the distance, a team of horses leads a covered wagon along the banks of Plum Creek.
RUSHMORE -- The Rushmore Booster Club has been hard at work to organize this weekend's bigger, better and busier Pride and Heritage Days celebration.
WORTHINGTON -- They are brown, they are ugly, they have pinchers for tails, and they seem to be everywhere you look. The earwig population has exploded in the region, though University of Minnesota Extension Entomologist Jeff Hahn isn't sure what is contributing to their populous presence. "When we first started seeing them back in the 1990s, homes could get some really severe infestations," Hahn said. "Definitely, this is the worst year in a long time. Why it's happening, I can't really say.