Julie Buntjer joined the 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 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 farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Fire Department, Worthington Rescue, three Worthington Ambulances and the local police department responded to a small ammonia leak 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at JBS. According to JBS spokesperson Chandler Keys, some contractors were working on the plant's roof-top refrigeration unit when ammonia leaked out and a small amount was sucked into the ventilation system. Five people working in the area were evacuated and transported to Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington, where they were observed and later released.
Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of stories planned this week regarding out-of-home placement of children and the community's hope to reverse the trends. WORTHINGTON -- During its budget discussions this fall, the Nobles County Board of Commissioners looked to all of its departments to trim wherever possible. Most of the departments found ways to make cuts, while Family Services was eventually granted a budget increase in 2010 -- due in large part to the number of children being placed in alternative care. In 2009, Nobles County Family Services had a budget of $736,663 for out-o
SLAYTON -- Five of the six counties taking part in a study to examine the feasibility of joint dispatch gathered in Slayton Friday morning for an update from Paul Linee, lead consultant for GeoComm. Linee is in the midst of conducting a study involving Rock, Nobles, Pipestone, Murray, Lyon and Redwood counties to evaluate the type of dispatch system in place in those law enforcement agencies. On Friday, Linee recapped the data he has collected so far, including the costs to each county to provide their own dispatch services, the number of people employed to do the work, call volume -- everyt
WORTHINGTON -- Some people reportedly stood in line for two hours Wednesday night, waiting for their children to receive the H1N1 novel influenza vaccine at Prairie Elementary in Worthington. It was the second flu clinic hosted by Nobles-Rock Community Health Services this week, with the first on Monday in Luverne. The public clinics were the first to be offered by the agency since the vaccine became available. NRCHS administrator Brad Meyer said 346 children were immunized during the three-hour clinic in Worthington.
RUSHMORE -- During the Nobles County 4-H Achievement Banquet Saturday night in Worthington, Arla Engelkes was presented the Sapphire Clover -- an honor bestowed on those who have served 35 years of adult leadership in the 4-H program. Engelkes is the first Nobles County 4-H volunteer to receive the high honor. For Engelkes, the award represents the years she has stood by her family -- beginning with two daughters who went through the Nobles County 4-H program, and then her three grandchildren.
WORTHINGTON -- In a special evening meeting of the Nobles County Board, commissioners on Tuesday welcomed representatives of Hope Haven to the community. The Rock Valley, Iowa-based agency will take over operation of The Achievement Center beginning Jan. 1. Hope Haven specializes in providing programs for both children and adults with disabilities.
LUVERNE -- It may not look a whole lot like Christmas without a good coating of snow on the ground, but if you head over to Luverne this weekend, an array of festivities are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Luverne's annual Winterfest celebration marks its 13th year, with activities planned Friday through Sunday in the community. Jane Wildung-Lanphere, director of the Luverne Area Chamber of Commerce, said numerous local businesses and organizations have combined efforts to provide fun for the entire family this Christmas season. Activities get under way on Friday, with Monroe Crossin
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County 4-H program conducted its annual banquet and awards ceremony Saturday night in Worthington, handing out numerous awards and accolades to its members and adult leaders. Former Nobles County 4-H'er Thomas Cunningham was presented the Friend of 4-H award for his work in the 4-H beef project area, while Cooperative Energy Company received the first-ever Business Friend of 4-H award presented in the county. Top 4-H awards include the 4-H Key Award, sponsored by Nobles County Farm Bureau, which is presented each year to youth leaders who have excelled in their club
BREWSTER -- Minnesota Soybean Processors (MnSP) in Brewster had returned to normal operations in soybean receiving and soybean meal loading Wednesday afternoon, following a fire late Tuesday night at the facility. According to a press release issued Wednesday by MnSP, the fire was detected in the air system in the soybean preparation area of the plant. The Brewster Fire Department was paged to the scene at 10 p.m. Tuesday, with calls for mutual aid requested shortly thereafter for Worthington, Round Lake, Heron Lake and Okabena fire departments.
WORTHINGTON -- If you plan on eating a natural casing wiener in the coming days, chances are the casing was processed right here in Worthington. On Tuesday afternoon, JBS celebrated the opening of its casing building, located directly south of its main hog processing facility in Worthington. The $8.5 million building project was completed earlier this year, and has been in full operation since late April.