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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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.
ST. PAUL -- Worthington native Lance DeGroot is in the midst of his final year in the Masters in Business Administration (MBA) program at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and, while it seems he is destined for a career in business, it turns out he's a pretty good writer as well. DeGroot, the son of Greg and Cindy DeGroot of Worthington, learned earlier this week his essay won a WCCO-sponsored state-wide contest that challenged people to write about someone in their life who is making a difference. He wrote about Kate Herzog, a native of Ghana, instructor in St.
WORTHINGTON -- She's been in her new role as director of the Pipestone and Nobles county Family Service agencies for just two months, but already Nicole Names is learning that collaboration is the buzz word in southwest Minnesota. While there is some collaboration in the northwest part of the state, where she spent the past dozen years working in social services, it isn't as extensive as in southwest Minnesota. Hired by Pipestone County in early July, Names divides her time between offices in Pipestone and Worthington.
LUVERNE -- One day after Nobles County Commissioners agreed to release Rock County from a joint powers agreement for shared public health services, commissioners from both counties had an open dialogue about the changes coming forth for Nobles-Rock Community Health Services.
ADRIAN -- For the past 15 years, Nobles County Farm Bureau leaders have been visiting classrooms and teaching students the importance of being safe -- whether it's on the farm or in the home. On Wednesday morning, Farm Bureau members and guest speakers took their message to students at Adrian Elementary School.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County commissioners voted Tuesday to release Rock County from the joint powers agreement for public health, but not until Dec. 31, 2011. The joint powers requires a minimum one-year notice to exit, but the counties could have parted ways had they both decided to merge with Lincoln-Lyon-Murray-Pipestone (LLMP) Public Health at the beginning of 2011.
WORTHINGTON -- After 38 years in business, Paul and Lois Woll will pass the torch on to the new owners of Prairie Decorating in downtown Worthington on Wednesday.
ROUND LAKE -- At just six years old, little Parker Murphy of Round Lake certainly has a big heart. For the past two weeks, the first grader and 4-H Cloverbud member has been selling Parker's Produce at a makeshift stand outside his mom's hair salon in Round Lake, and at the Amoco station in Brewster, to raise money for Benjamin Cunningham. The Round Lake teen was seriously injured in a car crash on his way home from the Nobles County Fair on Aug.
WORTHINGTON -- Three young livestock producers went before the Nobles County Planning Commission Wednesday night seeking conditional use permits to establish new or expand existing cattle operations in the county. All three requests were approved, and will now go before Nobles County Commissioners at their Sept.