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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Holland man earns five battle stars, Bronze Star and Purple Heart during World War II
PIPESTONE -- Bringing people together to help a friend in need has landed the Pipestone County 4-H program a state honor. The program received the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) Community Leadership Award during its annual conference recently in the Twin Cities. A Freeborn County group was also honored. The AMC award was in recognition of Pipestone County 4-H's efforts to organize a benefit for one of its own.
DUNDEE -- It was a difficult winter for wildlife in southwest Minnesota, and with the landscape finally starting to green up, the remnants of dead deer can be seen in road ditches and areas where herds had gathered. In the area of Talcot Lake, one man reported seeing approximately 25 dead deer in one square mile. While that count is fairly high, the Department of Natural Resources' Area Wildlife Supervisor, Wendy Krueger, estimates a less than 10 percent death loss in the deer herd in the region. "This is one of the toughest ones we've had in southwest Minnesota," said Krueger.
ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa -- For 89 years, the original steamboat Queen traversed the waters of West Okoboji, hauling lumber and mail, but mostly people, from point to point around the lake. She arrived back in 1884 as a transport vessel, according to Mary Kennedy, curator of the Great Lakes Maritime Museum.
LUVERNE -- It's barely large enough to seat three people, but for nearly 50 years, the Wayside Chapel along U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- Gayden "Gator" Wohlman figures he owns more than 500 tractors and hundreds of other pieces of implements, from drags and disks to manure spreaders, combines, augers and wagons. While you might think he owns an implement dealership or two, he probably could -- as long as his customers were only interested in miniature John Deeres. Wohlman, who grew up on a farm midway between Sacred Heart and Renville, transformed his love for farm life into a small-scale farming operation in the basement of his Worthington home.
CHANDLER -- The USS Gambier Bay went down in history as the only American aircraft carrier to be sunk by gunfire during World War II. She remains at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean today, a victim of an Imperial Japanese Navy attack on Oct. 25, 1944. More than 120 of the Gambier Bay's sailors were killed in action, with another 208 wounded in battle. Still, an estimated 800 men survived -- among them, Carl "Whitey" Amundson of Chandler. They floated for 44 hours at sea, the injured taking refuge in life rafts to avoid attracting sharks with a nose for iron-rich blood.
WORTHINGTON -- On a 3-1 vote Tuesday morning, Nobles County Commissioners decided to move forward with a public hearing in Commissioner District 4 to discuss filling the seat vacated by Norm Gallagher. The hearing, required within 30 days of a vacancy, will allow commissioners to collect comments and recommendations from residents of District 4. The meeting is slated for 7 p.m. April 19, in the board room of the Nobles County Government Center.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners tabled action on a resolution pertaining to the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) consolidation during their meeting Tuesday. The proposed project involves the consolidation of several county dispatch centers in southwest Minnesota into a central dispatch site. Six counties have participated in the PSAP study for the past several months. "It's up to each county board if they want to make that decision to move forward," said Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening on Tuesday morning. Initially, nine counties were involved in the study.
WORTHINGTON -- On a 3-1 vote this morning, Nobles County Commissioners decided to move forward with a public hearing in Commissioner District 4 to discuss filling the seat vacated by Norm Gallagher. The public hearing, required within 30 days of a vacancy, will allow commissioners to collect comments from the public. The meeting is slated for 7 p.m. April 19, in the board room of the Nobles County Government Center.