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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ELLSWORTH -- In the 10 years they've been married, Ellsworth native Larry Boomgaarden and his bride -- Massachusetts native Susan Kallander -- had long talked about writing a children's book detailing the Boomgaarden family threshing tradition.
WORTHINGTON -- What has four legs, produces a luxurious fiber, can spit and hum, and will follow a person around a farm yard like a faithful and loveable dog? It's an alpaca, of course, and the largest alpaca and llama farm in the region is opening its gates this weekend for the public to see and learn more about these animals. Loren and Judy Stevens, owners of Stevens' Llama Tique, are joining with other alpaca and llama producers in a nationwide alpaca open house and farm tour this Saturday and Sunday. The gates will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the farm, located on U.S.
ADRIAN -- One year after the Kanaranzi-Little Rock Watershed District accepted $245,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars, the K-LR joint powers board hosted a bus tour Wednesday to view some of the terraces completed as a result of the stimulus dollars. Among the tour stops was a site in Section 1, Larkin Township, where Jim Joens worked with the K-LR to construct terraces on a portion of the land that was prone to flooding and thus, soil erosion. Joens, who purchased the property about five years ago, said he needed to do something to eliminate the gullies that formed after
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County commissioners may now have a new option to consider in its quest to build a new county library in Worthington -- a potential collaboration with Minnesota West Community and Technical College's Worthington campus. During Tuesday morning's board meeting, county administrator Mel Ruppert said he had received a request from the college to speak with the county about integrating the college library with a new public library on the Minnesota West campus. Ruppert said the Minnesota State College and University system has a working relationship with a library in St.
WORTHINGTON -- Two weeks after voting to pursue a couple of different options for the future of the county's public health agency, Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday voted 3-2 to form a transition team and move in the direction of a combined public health, human services and community corrections agency. Commissioner David Benson continued to speak in opposition to the single-county plan, reminding his fellow board members once again of the efficiencies that could be achieved with a collaboration.
WORTHINGTON -- At a time when cities and counties are tightening their purse strings and making do with less aid, watershed districts are finding creative ways to keep the money flowing to fund worthwhile projects that work to protect water and soil resources. Nobles County is served by three watersheds -- the Kanaranzi-Little Rock (K-LR), Okabena-Ocheda (OOWD) and Heron Lake (HLWD). Each watershed has a five-member board of directors to oversee the district.
WORTHINGTON -- Paycheck may have won the race, but it was the World War II veterans who soaked up the pride, the cheers and the applause on a chilly Saturday afternoon in downtown Worthington. Gathered together under a canopied, horse-drawn trolley, several veterans from the inaugural Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota had guest-of-honor seating for this year's King Turkey Day speaker, co-founder of the Honor Flight Network, Earl Morse. Morse, a retired Air Force Captain, was working as a physician's assistant for a Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Springfield, Ohio, when the World War
WORTHINGTON -- A two-week-old Holstein bull calf was sprawled out in the sawdust inside the back end of a pick-up truck, eyes half-closed and content Thursday morning as Worthington High School FFA member Stephanie Behrens patted it into a slumber. Crowded around outside the truck were fifth-graders from Worthington Middle School, doing what they could to keep warm in the 50-degree temperatures as they learned all about animal production and where their food comes from. The annual Ag Day presentation gave FFA members an opportunity to share agriculture's positive messages and teach the next
ADRIAN -- Colleen Landkammer, state director of USDA Rural Development, stopped in Adrian Tuesday afternoon to highlight the use of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars to establish a telepharmacy in the community. The City of Adrian received a $99,999 Rural Business Enterprise Grant to establish a revolving loan fund for local business creation, expansion and job development. The first revolving loan was awarded to Sterling Drug for the creation of the telepharmacy.
WORTHINGTON -- The face of hunger is changing across Minnesota. No longer is it the jobless or the homeless who wonder where their next meal is coming from -- it's the single parent and the working poor who can't seem to scrape together enough money to eat. "On average, low-income Minnesota families miss 10 evening meals each month," according to Second Harvest Heartland community programs advocate Diana Madsen of Heron Lake.