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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PIPESTONE -- War is hell. There really is no other word Harold "Totie" Totman would use to describe it. He does not sugar-coat how American soldiers survived day in and day out, shooting at enemies hiding in tree tops, storming beaches and praying they didn't take a bullet, sleeping in the jungle and wondering what the next day will bring. That was what life was like for members of the 147th National Guard Field Artillery's 2nd Battalion.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioner Norm Gallagher will officially retire from his post at the end of this month. Gallagher, 69, had served Commissioner District 4 in Worthington since 2000. His term was set to expire at the end of this year. The announcement was made during Tuesday morning's Nobles County Board of Commissioner's meeting.
WORTHINGTON -- An increasing concern among emergency responders led to a discussion among Nobles County Commissioners regarding the need for residential signage in rural areas. Commissioner Diane Thier requested the discussion Tuesday after the issue of signage was raised at a recent meeting of the county's fire chiefs. Rural signage would involve placing markers at the end of all driveways for residential properties and building sites in the county. Those signs are estimated to cost nearly $30 each. "If the township wants them and wants to pay for them, that's one thing," said Thier.
Retirement effective March 31
DNR, watersheds discuss ways to clean up lakes
WORTHINGTON -- There is a lot of excitement brewing at Newport Laboratories these days in Worthington. The company that specializes in vaccines for the swine industry has recently received approval to mass market ParaSail, a vaccine that targets Haemophilus parasuis.
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County Pheasants Forever Chapter has a lot to celebrate when it gathers for its annual banquet March 26 in Worthington. Not only has the chapter purchased three new parcels of land for habitat development in the last year, it was recognized as the No. 1 Chapter in the nation based on dollars invested in acquisitions -- more than $1.4 million in the last fiscal year.
SLAYTON -- He was trained in weapons firing, unloaded ships, did guard duty, went to telegraph school, worked as a radio operator, decoded messages, was a switchboard operator and finally installed telephone lines in Japan before he was sent back home 10 months after the armistice (Victory over Japan) was announced and World War II had come to an end. Elgie Rachuy was 19 years old when he was drafted into the U.S. Army on Nov. 27, 1944. The second to the youngest of six children, he was the second in his family to serve in World War II.
WORTHINGTON -- Three days before they were to leave on their international study trip, the participants of Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) Class V learned their business Visa had been changed to a tourist Visa, and that many of their planned visits to commercial farms in Cuba would no longer be possible. Despite the setback, MARL participant Louise Worm, of Lakefield, said organizers adapted the schedule and still provided for one of the most unique travel experiences she's ever had. MARL is a two-year agriculture and leadership building program open to Minnesota farmers an