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 -- Nearly 40 Army National Guard soldiers from across southwest Minnesota spent their Saturday afternoon in Worthington, clearing garbage from parks and debris from public shoreline as part of the nationwide Guard the Environment program. Minnesota National Guard members took part in the weekend event at 11 different sites across the state, and many of them will be out again next weekend to do the same. The Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP) New Ulm detachment that visited Worthington Saturday was comprised of citizen soldiers from New Ulm and Luverne.
LUVERNE -- Fantastic, real good, great and awesome. Those were the words of World War II veterans reacting to the special presentation of the Pioneer Public Television documentary on the inaugural Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota Saturday morning at the Historic Palace Theatre in Luverne. A majority of the 108 men and women on the April 30-May 1 flight attended the free showing, along with a reunion and luncheon that followed at the Blue Mound Banquet Center.
ADRIAN -- Students at Adrian Elementary kicked off their day Friday with a Rockin' Recess, dancing to the Macarena and rolling through the motions of the Chicken Dance. The event was part of day-long festivities at the school to celebrate its silver rating in the Healthier U.S.
LUVERNE -- The Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) honored a Luverne man for his dedication and service to the Luverne HRA during its annual conference in Duluth recently. Michael Engesser, president and CEO of First Farmers and Merchants National Bank in Luverne has served on the community's HRA board since 1991, and is now in his second year as board chairman.
ROUND LAKE -- Dennis Duitsman pumped his fist in appreciation as a neighboring farmer drove passed with a couple wagon loads of grain Wednesday morning on a minimum maintenance road near Spafford. The farmer was among nearly 30 neighbors and friends to come to the aid of the Duitsman family after Dennis' dad was hospitalized late last week.
WORTHINGTON -- Greg Ponto of rural Reading is feeling really good about this year's harvest, but it pains him in a way. Other farmers in southwest Minnesota weren't lucky enough to escape mid-season hail storms and late-season drown-outs. As some bring in below-average yields -- if they have yields at all -- Ponto is harvesting some of the best corn and soybean crops he's seen in a while. "The yields are fantastic," he said.
WORTHINGTON -- Unseasonably warm temperatures and clear skies have been a perfect combination for farmers working to get this year's crop into the bins, but they have also lead to a later-than-usual algae bloom on Lake Okabena. Since Saturday, visitors to the eastern shore of Worthington's lake have encountered a foul smell and a layer of slime that, except for its color, could mirror an oil slick.
LISMORE -- Mark and Shari Lenz of rural Lismore will be recognized at the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts annual convention in early December as the Nobles County Conservationists of the Year. The award recognizes individuals who have implemented conservation practices on their land during the past year.
WORTHINGTON -- At least 1,230 students in District 518 schools are receiving their flu vaccination this week thanks to a partnership between Sanford and Avera Worthington Specialty clinics in Worthington, and funding from the Worthington Regional Healthcare Foundation. School nurse Wendy Donkersloot said Thursday that more than 500 students at Prairie Elementary, and another 600-plus students at Worthington middle and high schools received their vaccinations on Wednesday. Additional flu clinics were either conducted or are planned at St.
LUVERNE -- The Carnegie Cultural Center in Luverne will showcase its recently completed interior facelift on Sunday in conjunction with an artist reception for Ellsworth painter Dorothy Hocking. The center, originally constructed as the community's library in 1904, hasn't had any interior improvements for at least 15 years, according to Cindy Reverts, a member of both the Council for Arts and Humanities in Rock County (CAHRC) and the Luverne Fine Arts Association (LFAA) -- organizations that spearheaded the project.