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 -- With a $367,000 grant from the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and a $420,000 grant from ClearWay Minnesota, Nobles-Rock Community Health Services will concentrate its message on healthy eating, active living and tobacco control over the next few years. In a discussion with Nobles County Commissioners during Tuesday's regularly scheduled board meeting, NRCHS health educator Paula Anderson spoke about CHIP -- the Community Health Improvement Program -- and the methods it will use to target obesity and tobacco use. "The obesity epidemic costs employers more than $12
WORTHINGTON -- Just two months after fundraising began, the Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight has set April 30 and May 1 as the dates for 110 World War II veterans to travel to their memorial in Washington, D.C. More than two dozen World War II veterans from Rock, Nobles, Murray and Pipestone counties will travel to St. Paul today, where the dates for the trip will officially be announced in an afternoon meeting with Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. The trip will include the signing of a proclamation declaring March as Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight Initiative Month.
WORTHINGTON -- A two-year study conducted in northern Nobles County that tested a drainage water management (DWM), or controlled drainage, system showed little impact on yield, while nitrogen losses were considerably less than on land with conventional tile drainage. Jeff Strock, University of Minnesota soil scientist, presented the results of the study Thursday afternoon to a crowd of nearly 40 people at the USDA Service Center in Worthington. Funded by a $974,000 Conservation Innovation grant from the U.S.
HARDWICK -- Don Hansen was already married with a couple of children when he received a draft notice ordering him to report for duty in World War II. He wasn't surprised. In fact, he'd expected the papers would arrive sooner or later. A farm kid who grew up about four and a half miles outside of Hardwick, Hansen graduated from the eighth grade, went to work with his family on the farm and eventually ended up in a repair shop in Hardwick. "That's where I was working when I was drafted," said Hansen.
WORTHINGTON -- A visit to a little-known Amish Mennonite Cemetery in Nobles County in 2004 has lead a group of Canadians to write a book about family members who settled near Wilmont between 1891 and 1910. "Minnesota Meanderings" is set to be released in a March 6 book launch in Milverton, Ontario, Canada. The book is filled with information about the "settlement that failed" in Nobles County and another settlement of primarily Mennonite people that had settled in Jackson County between 1894 and 1901.
WORTHINGTON -- If there was ever a winter that highlighted the need for living snow fences along state highways, county and township roads, this would be it. Stephanie McLain, district conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Worthington, said programs continue to provide incentives for landowners willing to plant trees along northern and western sides of roadways. "You can really see where the snow fences are this year," said McLain, showing photos taken recently in the county where trees have been strategically placed to help hold snow back and keep it from drifti
WORTHINGTON -- One of the first things new members of the FFA learn is its motto -- Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve. Those words are essentially words to live by for members of the FFA. They learn the value of hard work, the joy of accomplishment and the reward that comes with making a positive impact on their lives as well as others. The FFA's primary goals are to teach leadership skills, job skills and community service.
OCHEYEDAN, Iowa -- In recent years, the Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Chapter has played an integral role in building tourism for northwest Iowa. The chapter was honored by the Iowa FFA Association for its work in developing a brochure that touted the sites of Osceola County and still leads visitors on a treasure trove of "off the beaten path" places to see. Now, the chapter is working once again to boost tourism in the county by making barn quilts. Available in three different sizes, the quilts are sold to area residents to display on their barns and outbuildings.
PIPESTONE -- With the biennial Civil War Days event planned in Pipestone this summer, the Pipestone County Historical Society invited a Civil War re-enactor to speak at its annual meeting Saturday at the Calumet Inn. Bill Hoskins has spent the past 23 years doing re-enactments of Civil War battles across the country.
WORTHINGTON -- Before the Bread of Life feeding ministry served its first meal in Worthington little more than a year ago, skeptics said it wouldn't last. Jan Ojinaka, one of its organizers, said the program is not only still serving a meal every Saturday afternoon for people in need, an average of 20 to 25 people are fed each week. After seeing a drop in attendees during the summer months, Ojinaka said attendance began to rebound during the fall, and has stayed steady this winter.