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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EDGERTON -- One month after Edgerton's Art Broekhuis celebrated his 18th birthday in June 1943, he reported for duty at Fort Snelling. Drafted by the U.S. Army, Broekhuis was among five Pipestone County men called into action in the middle of July. There was Jeffrey Crow, a Native American from Pipestone, along with men of the last names Tobias and Veldhuizen, and Leslie Brink, a neighbor and cousin to Broekhuis. All five were transferred to Camp Robinson, Ark., for 16 weeks of basic training in the infantry.
WORTHINGTON -- The Southwest Minnesota Broadband Group (SWMBG), composed of nine rural communities in southwest Minnesota, has been awarded $12.7 million in grant and loan funds to expand broadband Internet access in the region. In an announcement made by Sen. Amy Klobuchar's office Wednesday afternoon, she said the group will receive a nearly $6.4 million loan and a $6.4 million grant to extend broadband service to Jackson, Lakefield, Windom, Round Lake, Bingham Lake, Brewster, Wilder, Heron Lake and Okabena. The funds were awarded by the U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- One week after the Nobles County Revolving Loan Fund Committee met to hear a proposal by Joens Woodworking, county commissioners on Tuesday approved a request for a $40,000 loan to the Wilmont business. Isaac Joens, owner of Joens Woodworking, plans to expand his shop with the construction of a new 4,320-square-foot shop, showroom and office area in Wilmont. The terms of the loan were set at a 20-year amortization, an interest rate of 5 percent and a balloon payment due in seven years.
WORTHINGTON -- Though it wasn't in the budget for 2010, Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $10,000 payment to Southwestern Mental Health Center (SWMHC) to assist in the start-up of a new program. Scott Johnson, executive director of the five-county agency, said he will be requesting a $10,000 contribution from each of the counties to help establish an intensive family-based therapy program that could significantly reduce the amount of money counties spend on out-of- home placement of children. Johnson said the program will mirror others already established and successful in So
ROUND LAKE -- A roof collapse at Farley's & Sathers in Round Lake over the weekend resulted in gas and water lines being severed inside one of the warehouses. No one was injured in the incident. The Round Lake Fire Department was paged to the scene at approximately 10:45 a.m.
ROUND LAKE -- A roof collapse at Farley's & Sathers in Round Lake over the weekend resulted in gas and water lines being severed inside one of the warehouses. No one was injured in the incident. Michelle Graber, public relations manager with Farley's & Sathers, said the collapse was discovered on Sunday, and the Round Lake Fire Department as well as the local gas company were called to the scene. "There was snow buildup on the roof and it caused the roof to collapse in Warehouse 2," said Graber. "We did have no injuries, (for which) we are very grateful.
WORTHINGTON -- Rural Worthington farmer and Minnesota Soybean Growers Association board member Bill Gordon recently returned from a research mission trip to Santiago, Chile. Gordon was among 17 soybean growers from Minnesota to take part in the MSGA and its research and promotion council's See For Yourself program. While on the journey, their goal was to learn more about soybean research being conducted by the University of Minnesota in Chile, as well as to meet with Chilean importers of U.S.
Lake Okabena Improvement Association wants to speed up process to improve lake's health WORTHINGTON -- Consultants hired by the Lake Okabena Improvement Association (LOIA) may be able to quicken the process of improving the health of the local lake. John Downing, a limnologist at Iowa State University in Ames, and Rich Brasch, a senior scientist at Wenck Associates Inc. of Woodbury, met with LOIA board members, city, Nobles County and watershed district personnel for more than two hours Wednesday afternoon.
JACKSON -- She dedicated nearly her entire adult life to caring for the ill and the injured, but perhaps nothing had a more profound impact on her than the years she tended to our nation's men in uniform -- the broken, the battered boys of war. "War is hell," said Josephine "Jo" Strube of Jackson. Though kind and compassionate, she doesn't mince words when she speaks of the horrific injuries suffered by American G.I.s in Europe and the South Pacific during World War II. Jo Strube was among four of five children in her family to answer the call of duty during World War II.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners spent more than nine hours Tuesday in a strategic planning session, meeting with all eight department heads before lunch and then spending the afternoon recapping the presentations and further discussing county issues. Among the items reviewed was the Nobles County War Memorial Building in Worthington, which currently houses the public library, the Nobles County Art Center and the Nobles County Historical Society. "There's no active plans to do anything in a hurry," said Commissioner David Benson, adding that a lot of the county's funding decisions