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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WORTHINGTON -- With states to the east, west and south all noting confirmed cases of the measles and mumps in recent months, the concern is that it is only going to be a matter of time before Minnesota sees an increase in cases. Earlier this week, Nobles-Rock Community Health Services administrator Brad Meyer said the return of measles and mumps cases is because some people are choosing not to have their children immunized.
ELLSWORTH -- The residents of Ellsworth will be honoring the Red, White and Blue during this weekend's Family Fun Days festival that spans today through Sunday. Events get under way in the far southwestern Nobles County community today, with a baked potato feed from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Ellsworth Public School cafeteria, followed by the Little Miss Ellsworth pageant in the school gymnasium. There are six candidates, ages 6 to 8, vying for the 2010 Little Miss Ellsworth crown. The girls include Brooke Custer, Claire Kramer, Emily Lens, Cassidy Nussbaum, Kendra DeBeer and Torrance Domeyer.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles-Rock Community Health Services is investigating a public health nuisance report in Bigelow. Sanitarian Jason Kloss reported to the NRCHS board on Wednesday that he was notified of property at 2675 Canterbury that was abandoned. The home is owned by Warren Van Westen, who now has an address in Sibley, Iowa. In his report, Kloss noted a strong odor of decaying material and observed food residue, garbage and debris accumulating in every room of the house.
LUVERNE -- The plane is booked, the itinerary has been tweaked, and more than 60 World War II veterans are already on the list for the second Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota (HFSM). The next flight date is Oct.
WORTHINGTON -- A request from a truck driver wanting to haul 90,000-pound loads of soybeans to the Minnesota Soybean Processors facility near Brewster was denied by Nobles County Commissioners during their board meeting on Tuesday. Nobles County Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder brought forth the request, saying that recent legislation makes it possible for people to haul loads over the legal limit of 80,000 pounds if they get permission from the road authority and pay the permit fee. The request was to use County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 35 to transport the soybean loads. "At this po
WORTHINGTON -- Volunteers are gearing up for the 14th annual Nobles County Relay for Life on June 18-19, but there is one major change in the schedule this year. To better accommodate survivors and create an atmosphere of celebration -- the 2010 theme for Relay for Life is Celebrating a World with More Birthdays -- the annual survivor supper will be a separate event on June 15 at the American Reformed Church, 1720 N. Burlington Ave., Worthington. The evening will begin with 5:15 p.m.
HERON LAKE -- They are sweet, they are juicy and, starting this morning, they can be picked at the peak of perfection. Strawberry season is upon us, and Schumacher's Nursery and Berry Farm on the outskirts of Heron Lake is kicking off the berry-picking season today. The strawberry season is relatively short-lived in Minnesota -- generally two to three weeks on average -- but Adam Schumacher is hopeful for an extended season this year after an ideal winter snow covering and fairly good spring growing conditions. "The way they bloomed, we'll have a nice long season and we'll have a lot of ber
Dedication planned during Wednesday's city band concert in Chautauqua Park
LUVERNE -- The weekend schedule of summer festivals launches into gear in southwest Minnesota on Friday, with the start of the two-day Buffalo Days celebration in Luverne. The 26th annual festival celebrates the county's history, having long been home to bison that roam the grounds of Blue Mounds State Park. This year, the Buffalo Days celebration will include some extra special guests -- five descendants of Philo and Malvina Hawes, the couple credited with founding Luverne. The five cousins will serve as parade marshals for Saturday's 10 a.m.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- While most kids spent their final days of the school year sitting behind a desk and watching the beautiful blue skies outside, students in Mike Earll's FFA program at Sibley-Ocheyedan High School were putting their skills to use on a community project that will soon result in campground facilities at Iowa's high point. Hawkeye Point, located midway between Bigelow and Sibley, Iowa, has undergone a transformation in the last couple of years as groups like the FFA chapter work to promote agriculture and tourism in Osceola County.