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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STERLING, Va. -- From the time they entered the Sioux Falls Regional Airport at 6 a.m. April 30 until they returned at 1 a.m. May 1, the veterans aboard the inaugural Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight were made to feel like the heroes they are. For many of them, there was no fanfare when they returned from World War II. Some hitchhiked home from Camp McCoy, Wis.; others rode the troop train into the Worthington Depot.
WORTHINGTON -- Following the official swearing in ceremony for Gene Foth, appointed to fill the remainder of Norm Gallagher's term as Commissioner representing District Four, Nobles County Board members moved into an agenda dominated by the 134 wind turbines to be erected this year in four of the county's townships. Public Works Director Stephen Schneider brought forth a request by enXco to construct a third driveway access to property in Section 13, Larkin Township.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Unbelievable. Tremendous. Pretty neat. Impressive. Wonderful. Those words were spoken countless times Friday and Saturday by the World War II veterans experiencing the inaugural Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight. Less than five months after four counties -- Rock, Nobles, Murray and Pipestone -- began to organize a heroes flight for its World War II veterans to see their memorial, a dream had become a reality. Friday's 6 a.m.
By julie buntjer Daily Globe WORTHINGTON -- The last of the results were made available Thursday from the 2010 Minnesota State FFA Convention, revealing that nearly 40 area high school students earned their State FFA Degree at this year's event. In addition, Ike Pohlman of Jackson County Central was named a finalist in Minnesota FFA Star Production Placement, while Steven Herrig of Mountain Lake was a Regional Star in Agribusiness nominee. Rep.
WORTHINGTON -- Dennis Bucholz, manager of Worthington Ag Parts, went before the Nobles County Planning Commission Wednesday night to notify them of some changes that will need to be made at the business as a result of the Minnesota 60 four-lane expansion project. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is taking about 50 feet of Worthington Ag Parts' property, resulting in the need to move the facility's loading dock and create a cul de sac.
WORTHINGTON -- The Region VI FFA chapters and its members excelled at the Minnesota FFA Convention earlier this week in the Twin Cities, with a first place FFA Creed speaker, four first place judging teams and two former chapter presidents elected to state FFA offices. Maddie Collin, a senior at Southwest Star Concept and sophomore at Minnesota West Community & Technical College, was elected treasurer, while Kirsten Pagel, a senior at Fulda High School, was elected reporter.
ROUND LAKE -- Clifford "Hooley" Huehn of Round Lake points to a spot on his nose and another on his neck where shrapnel pierced his skin during his first day of combat against the Japanese during World War II. The battle scars are reminders of the U.S. invasion on Roi and Namur in the Marshall Islands. The battle lasted only a day and a half, but there were hundreds of American casualties as they fought to take control of the islands from the Japanese military. "That was our first operation," said Hooley, a member of the Marine Corps 4th Division, 24th Regiment.
WORTHINGTON -- At nine months of age, Maisy Schultz loves to play with bright colored toys. She often has a pink pacifier in her mouth and a spare in her hand, and she is the spitting image of her blonde-haired, blue-eyed parents, Mike and Molly. To look at Maisy, one wouldn't know the battles she has overcome just to be able to sit up, roll over or do any of the things a healthy baby can do.
WORTHINGTON -- The rain held off for longer than expected Friday, allowing farmers from throughout the region to get in several extra hours of planting time. It was especially welcome for farmers like Dean Christopherson of rural Worthington, who started on his first field of corn planting Thursday. He ended up staying in the field until 11:30 Thursday night, and was right back out there by 7 a.m. Friday. As of Friday morning, Christopherson had planted about 130 acres. "I plan on finishing another field," he said during a brief break.
LUVERNE -- Times were tough in the late 1930s in southwest Minnesota. Jobs were hard to find, and money was tight. Helmer "Haaky" Haakenson didn't have a whole lot going for him back then. He'd graduated from the eighth grade and couldn't find a steady job in his hometown of Luverne. By the age of 17, he signed up for both the Civil Conservation Corp and the Minnesota National Guard.