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 -- The Nobles County Pheasants Forever Chapter has a lot to celebrate when it gathers for its annual banquet March 26 in Worthington. Not only has the chapter purchased three new parcels of land for habitat development in the last year, it was recognized as the No. 1 Chapter in the nation based on dollars invested in acquisitions -- more than $1.4 million in the last fiscal year.
SLAYTON -- He was trained in weapons firing, unloaded ships, did guard duty, went to telegraph school, worked as a radio operator, decoded messages, was a switchboard operator and finally installed telephone lines in Japan before he was sent back home 10 months after the armistice (Victory over Japan) was announced and World War II had come to an end. Elgie Rachuy was 19 years old when he was drafted into the U.S. Army on Nov. 27, 1944. The second to the youngest of six children, he was the second in his family to serve in World War II.
WORTHINGTON -- Three days before they were to leave on their international study trip, the participants of Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) Class V learned their business Visa had been changed to a tourist Visa, and that many of their planned visits to commercial farms in Cuba would no longer be possible. Despite the setback, MARL participant Louise Worm, of Lakefield, said organizers adapted the schedule and still provided for one of the most unique travel experiences she's ever had. MARL is a two-year agriculture and leadership building program open to Minnesota farmers an
WORTHINGTON -- Plaques, certificates, pins and scholarships were handed out Monday night at the annual Worthington FFA Banquet in the high school cafeteria. Among the top honors presented were the Star Awards. The Star in Ag Placement went to Kelsey Ray, while the Star Entrepreneur was awarded to Dayton Williamson.
WORTHINGTON -- After a year-long absence, there will once again be a frame shop in downtown Worthington. Images by Tom, owned by Worthington native Tom Bruns, will offer much more than just custom framing, however. Tucked toward the back of his shop at 213 10th St., Bruns has set up a pair of widescreen computer monitors, a large format printer and other technical gadgets to help him in his business, slated to open Tuesday. In addition to custom framing, Images by Tom will do large format printing, digital to garment printing, photo restoration and outdoor photography, focusing on senior po
WORTHINGTON -- While it's exciting to finally see snow piles melting into puddles, the dream of green grass won't come without the dreaded mud -- along with the potential for localized spring floods. The National Weather Service had placed much of southwest Minnesota in a high flood risk category this spring.
WORTHINGTON -- According to those who read the Old Farmer's Almanac, southwest Minnesota is predicted to be pummeled with 40 inches of snow during the month of March. That is nearly as much as the region's snowfall thus far this winter. Whether or not the prediction comes true remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain -- most residents, along with the city of Worthington and Nobles County, have seen enough of the white stuff for a while. Fortunately, both the city and the county operate on a budget that follows the calendar year.
BIGELOW -- At 39 square miles, the island of Tinian -- part of the Mariana Islands in the North Pacific -- is just a mere speck on a world globe. Yet, what happened on that little island, surrounded by secrecy, changed the course of battle and brought victory to the American forces in World War II. Lee Jenkins of Bigelow was a Navy Seabee during the war. A native of Worthington, he dropped out of high school in the 10th grade, hitchhiked a ride to Omaha, Neb., and learned the welding trade.
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.