Julie Buntjer joined the Daily 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 Daily 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 www.farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington City Council approved final plans for the first phase of the Minnesota 60 four-lane expansion project during a public hearing with the Minnesota Department of Transportation Monday night. The meeting involved a recap of the expansion plans from near Nobles County 10 east -- following the south edge of Worthington and then north to the Union Pacific railroad bridge. The City of Worthington will be responsible for financing a portion of the project, and council members approved a good faith cost estimate on the first phase at $92,970.
WORTHINGTON -- Her blue eyes may start to gloss over a little bit when she walks her market steer out of the beef show at the Nobles County Fair for the last time today. It is Stephanie Lubben's final year as a 4-H member, and admittedly she's "quite sad" about it. Lubben was just 8years old when she joined the Indian Lake Progressives club 11 years ago. She is now at the helm as club president, in addition to serving as a county 4-H ambassador. For the past two years, Lubben has focused solely on beef projects at the fair.
WORTHINGTON -- After just one day at the Nobles County Fair, 4-H'er Nick Lorang of Lismore had accumulated a good share of purple ribbons. The Grand Prairie Rockets 4-H Club member will show his Quarter Pony, Silver, in the horse show this morning, and then go through judging this afternoon with his pen of market chickens. Already, Lorang earned champion in conventional photography, reserve champion intermediate digital photography, reserve champion intermediate fine arts, and three purple ribbons, three reserve champions and one blue ribbon in the dog show. He also earned reserve champion
WORTHINGTON -- Thanks to the recent acceptance of two grants, Nobles-Rock Community Health Services was able to meet Nobles County's request to shave 10 percent to 15 percent from its 2010 budget. During its monthly meeting on Wednesday afternoon in Worthington, NRCHS board members approved a 2010 budget for the agency that reduces its subsidy from Nobles and Rock counties by 21.6 percent. "It's a good thing we got the grants, otherwise it would have been a hairy predicament," NRCHS administrator Brad Meyer told board members. The grants -- one from Clearway Minnesota for $140,000 and one f
WORTHINGTON -- With federal funds available and a deadline looming, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Nobles County will be promoting two of its programs at the fair in Worthington today through Sunday. The Conservation Stewardship Program has funds available to landowners to maintain and expand existing conservation practices on their farm.
WORTHINGTON -- The planned four-lane expansion of Minnesota 60 from Bigelow to Worthington is still on target to start in July 2010, and detour routes have now been announced for the next phase of construction. Peter Harff, MnDOT's Minnesota 60 project engineer, said Nobles County State Aid Highways 4 and 5 will be the posted detour for Minnesota 60 when construction starts next summer on the stretch from the Bigelow bypass to Paul Avenue. The blacktop road will remain the detour route through the end of the 2011 construction season.
WORTHINGTON -- It is 4-H non-livestock entry day at the fair today, which means the kick-off to the great Nobles County get-together is soon to be here. While the fair officially starts on Thursday, 4-H'ers will be busy getting their arts and crafts, photography, shop and a whole host of other projects judged this morning and into the afternoon. On Wednesday, anyone who is not in the 4-H program is invited to enter projects in the Nobles County Open Class division. Everything from foods to fruits and vegetables, grains, photography, fine arts and needlework will be accepted from 9 a.m.
WESTBROOK -- While it took little more than six months for Maynard's grocery store in Westbrook to reopen after a fire devastated the downtown business on July 5, 2008, general manager Gary Thompson said it seemed much longer. Perhaps that's because 60- to 70-mile-per-hour wind gusts rolled through the community on Oct. 12 and toppled the progress that had been made to rebuild the town's only food market. Despite the double whammy, the business reopened on Jan.
WORTHINGTON -- Faced with ever-expanding technology, many of today's grandparents and greatgrandparents are learning to do things a little bit differently than they may have in the past. Instead of writing out checks, they are using cash cards. Instead of referencing the card catalog at the library, they are looking information up on computers.