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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Editor's Note: This is the final segment in a series of stories about wind turbines and their impact on the rural landscape. WORTHINGTON -- In southwest Minnesota, farmers have struggled through months, even years, of low commodity prices for the food they produce -- from pork chops to a glass of milk. Then, along came companies like enXco, offering those same farmers and landowners an opportunity -- a chance to take some of their land out of production and, in its place, erect wind turbines to harvest one of the region's greatest natural resources. The concept seems a win-win for landowner
Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of stories about wind turbines and their impact on the rural landscape. WORTHINGTON -- The Rural Minnesota Energy Board and the Association of Minnesota Counties have identified the wind turbine production tax as their No. 1 priority to be resolved in the upcoming legislative session. What they want is for the state to reverse its 2008 action that calculated production tax payments into a county's maximum levy.
WORTHINGTON -- A couple of years ago, Murray County collected more than $1 million in production tax revenue from the wind turbines that span the horizon along the Buffalo Ridge. For several years, in fact, the county collected large amounts of tax dollars from the wind turbines and spent the money on special projects. They built a new grandstand at the Murray County Fairgrounds, constructed a new county human services building on the edge of Slayton and erected a new storage building for county property. "We had some major building projects," said Murray County Deputy Auditor Barb Lewis.
Wilmont Half-Century Tragedy Commemoration Committee makes plans for August 2010 event
WORTHINGTON -- Those who live in southwest Minnesota have already had a taste of winter this fall, and with the snow, freezing rain and slippery roads, there have been vehicle crashes, cars in the ditch and people injured. Today begins Winter Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota -- a time when people are reminded to prepare for the hazards of winter weather, from ice storms and blizzards to being in a stalled vehicle or a power outage. Here, in the land of 10,000 lakes, it's also crucial that people educate themselves about ice safety. Nobles County Emergency Management Director Dan Anderson
LUVERNE -- Nestled in the back yard of Tim and Carol Ceynowa's home in Luverne is a quaint studio filled with light from three side windows and skylights above. It's quiet -- serene even -- and the perfect place for the artist within Carol to craft beautiful works of art. Ceynowa's studio will be showcased this weekend in Luverne's second annual Holiday Studio Tour. The event, from 1 to 5 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- The holidays are often referred to as the season of giving, and what greater gift can a person give than the gift of time? Local volunteer agencies including RSVP and Community Education rely heavily on volunteers to perform needed services in Worthington and throughout Nobles County. Right now, both agencies are seeing a shortage in helpers. Susan Fratzke, an AmeriCorps VISTA coordinator through District 518 Community Education, seeks volunteers to help with some new literacy programs being offered for both children and adults. With more than 940 people served through commu
ROUND LAKE -- Approximately 175 full-time and additional part-time positions will be eliminated at Farley's & Sathers Candy Co. in Round Lake in early 2010. The announcement was made to employees during a company-wide meeting Thursday afternoon. The Round Lake facility is the corporate headquarters for Farley's & Sathers. The job reductions are the result of the company's decision to relocate its packaging, warehousing and fleet operations to existing facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Dallas, Texas.
WORTHINGTON -- Absentee rates are nearly back to normal in schools throughout the region after the second wave of the H1N1 novel influenza spread across the region in recent weeks. Nobles-Rock Community Health Services (NRCHS) Administrator Brad Meyer said health care officials estimate the local peak has come and gone. "I haven't heard back from all the school nurses, but the ones I've talked to are saying absentee rates are around normal," said Meyer. "That doesn't mean that people are not going to get sick.
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.