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 -- With less than a month to go before the county presents its 2010 budget and tax information in a public meeting, Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday pored over department budgets and made a few tweaks along the way. Taking a considerable amount of time was discussion on whether or not to proceed with the City of Worthington on construction of a multi-use facility that would include a new library. Commissioner Diane Thier raised the issue while the board discussed the library budget, and then brought it up again when the county's building fund budget came up for discussion.
WORTHINGTON -- Voters throughout the region will go to the polls today to cast their ballot in school referendums, mayoral and city council posts and, in a couple of Iowa communities, to decide on a municipal swimming pool and an added hotel/motel tax. In Nobles County, the only election taking place is in Adrian School District 511, where residents will decide whether or not to revoke a $450.92 per pupil operating levy in exchange for a $1,250 per pupil levy. Residents of Larkin, Leota, Lismore and Wilmont townships, as well as the City of Lismore, will vote in the Lismore Fire Hall, 249 E.
WORTHINGTON -- USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer was in Worthington Friday to present the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. (WREDC) with a $99,900 grant to benefit small businesses within Nobles County. The grant will combine with WREDC's existing revolving loan fund to benefit small business development and expansion projects. "The Revolving Loan Fund is a gift that keeps on giving.
WORTHINGTON -- Candy Kellen was fairly young when her brother went off to Vietnam to serve his country in the U.S. military. While she was perhaps too young to understand war, she was old enough to know that her brother was in danger. She and her parents often waited for news from Vietnam on television, only to worry more if an attack involved his particular unit. "I remember one time we had to wait 10 days to hear (from him after the unit) got hit," said Kellen. Today, Kellen wants to make it possible for soldiers to communicate faster and easier with their families.
WINDOM -- A 2009 Windom High School graduate returned home from the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., last weekend with a plaque and a $500 scholarship after being named a national FFA proficiency finalist. Tanner Smith was one of four finalists in the forage production entrepreneurship and placement proficiency. Andy Fuecht of Mayville, Wis., ultimately earned top honors in the competition.
LAKEFIELD -- Lily Neylon-Voda and Justice Badgley were excited to get their first tour of the Prairie Ecology Bus Center (PEBC) during an unveiling of the new traveling classroom Monday night in Lakefield. The pair of 10-year-olds from Jackson checked out the macroscope and microscope on display inside the new bus, and watched as PEBC naturalist Alisha Flemming used the macroscope to focus in on a bug.
OKABENA -- One week from today, voters in the Southwest Star Concept (Heron Lake-Okabena) school district will go to the polls to decide on what could become one of the largest operating levy referendums in the state, if approved. More than three dozen people attended an informational meeting Monday night in the SSC High School gym to hear why the referendum is needed, what property owners in the district will see in a tax increase and what may happen if voters reject the referendum. SSC School Superintendent Becky Cselovszki said the $1,000-per-pupil-unit referendum increase being proposed
WORTHINGTON -- Downtown Worthington's newest thrift store has been open for less than a month, and already the agency that operates the business is calling it a success. The Arc Thrift Store of Southwest Minnesota is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, but those hours may change to meet the convenience of customers. Ryan Schreiber manages the store, which includes everything from clothing and jewelry to home décor, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, books, toys, games and even used medical equipment. "We will accept any donations except appliances," said Schreiber.
WORTHINGTON -- With more than 99 percent of the influenza cases in the United States at this time designated as H1N1 novel influenza, Nobles-Rock Community Health Services officials have been talking about little else. During the NRCHS meeting Wednesday in Worthington, NRCHS Administrator Brad Meyer said he has given nearly 20 presentations in recent weeks about the H1N1 virus, targeting mainly daycare facilities, schools and adult basic education classrooms in Nobles and Rock counties. The H1N1 virus is making the rounds in area school districts, with Prairie Elementary in Worthington repor
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday learned that there is remaining bridge bonding money in the state's coffers, which will allow the county to move forward with its plans to replace a bridge on County State Aid Highway 11, northwest of Ellsworth. Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder said the county could anticipate getting up to 50 percent of the costs for the bridge's replacement covered by the bonding money.