Julie Buntjer joined the Daily 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 Daily 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 www.farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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LUVERNE -- Nestled in the back yard of Tim and Carol Ceynowa's home in Luverne is a quaint studio filled with light from three side windows and skylights above. It's quiet -- serene even -- and the perfect place for the artist within Carol to craft beautiful works of art. Ceynowa's studio will be showcased this weekend in Luverne's second annual Holiday Studio Tour. The event, from 1 to 5 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- The holidays are often referred to as the season of giving, and what greater gift can a person give than the gift of time? Local volunteer agencies including RSVP and Community Education rely heavily on volunteers to perform needed services in Worthington and throughout Nobles County. Right now, both agencies are seeing a shortage in helpers. Susan Fratzke, an AmeriCorps VISTA coordinator through District 518 Community Education, seeks volunteers to help with some new literacy programs being offered for both children and adults. With more than 940 people served through commu
ROUND LAKE -- Approximately 175 full-time and additional part-time positions will be eliminated at Farley's & Sathers Candy Co. in Round Lake in early 2010. The announcement was made to employees during a company-wide meeting Thursday afternoon. The Round Lake facility is the corporate headquarters for Farley's & Sathers. The job reductions are the result of the company's decision to relocate its packaging, warehousing and fleet operations to existing facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Dallas, Texas.
WORTHINGTON -- Absentee rates are nearly back to normal in schools throughout the region after the second wave of the H1N1 novel influenza spread across the region in recent weeks. Nobles-Rock Community Health Services (NRCHS) Administrator Brad Meyer said health care officials estimate the local peak has come and gone. "I haven't heard back from all the school nurses, but the ones I've talked to are saying absentee rates are around normal," said Meyer. "That doesn't mean that people are not going to get sick.
WORTHINGTON -- With less than a month to go before the county presents its 2010 budget and tax information in a public meeting, Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday pored over department budgets and made a few tweaks along the way. Taking a considerable amount of time was discussion on whether or not to proceed with the City of Worthington on construction of a multi-use facility that would include a new library. Commissioner Diane Thier raised the issue while the board discussed the library budget, and then brought it up again when the county's building fund budget came up for discussion.
WORTHINGTON -- Voters throughout the region will go to the polls today to cast their ballot in school referendums, mayoral and city council posts and, in a couple of Iowa communities, to decide on a municipal swimming pool and an added hotel/motel tax. In Nobles County, the only election taking place is in Adrian School District 511, where residents will decide whether or not to revoke a $450.92 per pupil operating levy in exchange for a $1,250 per pupil levy. Residents of Larkin, Leota, Lismore and Wilmont townships, as well as the City of Lismore, will vote in the Lismore Fire Hall, 249 E.
WORTHINGTON -- USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer was in Worthington Friday to present the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. (WREDC) with a $99,900 grant to benefit small businesses within Nobles County. The grant will combine with WREDC's existing revolving loan fund to benefit small business development and expansion projects. "The Revolving Loan Fund is a gift that keeps on giving.
WORTHINGTON -- Candy Kellen was fairly young when her brother went off to Vietnam to serve his country in the U.S. military. While she was perhaps too young to understand war, she was old enough to know that her brother was in danger. She and her parents often waited for news from Vietnam on television, only to worry more if an attack involved his particular unit. "I remember one time we had to wait 10 days to hear (from him after the unit) got hit," said Kellen. Today, Kellen wants to make it possible for soldiers to communicate faster and easier with their families.
WINDOM -- A 2009 Windom High School graduate returned home from the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., last weekend with a plaque and a $500 scholarship after being named a national FFA proficiency finalist. Tanner Smith was one of four finalists in the forage production entrepreneurship and placement proficiency. Andy Fuecht of Mayville, Wis., ultimately earned top honors in the competition.
LAKEFIELD -- Lily Neylon-Voda and Justice Badgley were excited to get their first tour of the Prairie Ecology Bus Center (PEBC) during an unveiling of the new traveling classroom Monday night in Lakefield. The pair of 10-year-olds from Jackson checked out the macroscope and microscope on display inside the new bus, and watched as PEBC naturalist Alisha Flemming used the macroscope to focus in on a bug.