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 -- In a special evening meeting of the Nobles County Board, commissioners on Tuesday welcomed representatives of Hope Haven to the community. The Rock Valley, Iowa-based agency will take over operation of The Achievement Center beginning Jan. 1. Hope Haven specializes in providing programs for both children and adults with disabilities.
LUVERNE -- It may not look a whole lot like Christmas without a good coating of snow on the ground, but if you head over to Luverne this weekend, an array of festivities are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Luverne's annual Winterfest celebration marks its 13th year, with activities planned Friday through Sunday in the community. Jane Wildung-Lanphere, director of the Luverne Area Chamber of Commerce, said numerous local businesses and organizations have combined efforts to provide fun for the entire family this Christmas season. Activities get under way on Friday, with Monroe Crossin
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County 4-H program conducted its annual banquet and awards ceremony Saturday night in Worthington, handing out numerous awards and accolades to its members and adult leaders. Former Nobles County 4-H'er Thomas Cunningham was presented the Friend of 4-H award for his work in the 4-H beef project area, while Cooperative Energy Company received the first-ever Business Friend of 4-H award presented in the county. Top 4-H awards include the 4-H Key Award, sponsored by Nobles County Farm Bureau, which is presented each year to youth leaders who have excelled in their club
BREWSTER -- Minnesota Soybean Processors (MnSP) in Brewster had returned to normal operations in soybean receiving and soybean meal loading Wednesday afternoon, following a fire late Tuesday night at the facility. According to a press release issued Wednesday by MnSP, the fire was detected in the air system in the soybean preparation area of the plant. The Brewster Fire Department was paged to the scene at 10 p.m. Tuesday, with calls for mutual aid requested shortly thereafter for Worthington, Round Lake, Heron Lake and Okabena fire departments.
WORTHINGTON -- If you plan on eating a natural casing wiener in the coming days, chances are the casing was processed right here in Worthington. On Tuesday afternoon, JBS celebrated the opening of its casing building, located directly south of its main hog processing facility in Worthington. The $8.5 million building project was completed earlier this year, and has been in full operation since late April.
ADRIAN -- A little bit of rain and a little bit of cold could not put a damper on the celebration in Adrian Tuesday noon, as community leaders and architects gathered to break ground on a new assisted living and memory care facility. The project will expand the options for senior care in the community, and is being constructed adjacent to Adrian Country Living, a skilled nursing facility formerly managed by Sanford Health. "This whole project started about 18 months to two years ago," said Adrian Mayor John Faber during an indoor gathering prior to the groundbreaking.
WORTHINGTON -- Torey Schroeder was born and raised in Worthington, graduated from high school and college here and now is a business owner in the community. Little more than a month ago, Schroeder opened the Torey Schroeder Insurance Agency under the American Family Insurance umbrella. His office is located at 1607 N.
WORTHINGTON -- Over the past 50 years, Paul Langseth has seen the banks of his family's Lake Ocheda waterfront property slowly erode away because of large whitecaps slamming into the eastern shore on windy days and heavy rains washing away the shoreline. It has taken years for the problem to get as bad as it is today -- a 1,500-foot stretch of Langseth's shoreline is now a cliff that rises 15 to 20 feet above the lake.
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County Planning Commission Wednesday night approved a conditional use permit for enXco, a wind energy development company based in Minneapolis, to construct a switching station and maintenance facility in Nobles County. It was the second time the commission has addressed enXco's request to permit land for the company to begin site development. In October, planning commissioners approved a request by enXco to permit NSP/Xcel Energy-owned land in the northeast quarter of Section 23, Summit Lake Township, as a potential location for the switching station and maintenanc
County Administrator receives performance evaluation WORTHINGTON -- With approximately $215,000 to work with under the 2010 maximum levy limitation, Nobles County Commissioners continued to tweak the budget following regular board action Tuesday. By the time the discussion ended, commissioners had designated funding to refill a finance director position vacant for much of 2009; cut by $25,000 the amount of money set aside for the ARMER radio system for emergency response; cut $50,000 from the public works budget; adjusted revenues in the county assessor's office by $5,000; designated