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 The Farm Bleat.
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JACKSON -- Congressman Tim Walz visited HitchDoc in Jackson Wednesday afternoon to learn about the successes of the manufacturing company and discuss tax credits available to small businesses. HitchDoc opened five years ago on the north side of Jackson and in that time has grown from 18 employees to a current workforce of more than 70. The company manufactures more than 80,000 different parts for 300-plus customers around the world.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners met for more than an hour in special session Tuesday morning to take a closer look at options for a multi-county community health services agency, but they still seem no closer to making a decision. Minnesota Department of Health assistant commissioner Craig Acomb and director of the office of public health practice Deb Burns joined commissioners on Tuesday to outline the protocol for nullifying the joint powers agreement between Rock and Nobles counties for public health and to present the legalities and timelines for moving in a new direction. Roc
WORTHINGTON -- Though it has been two months since the Nobles County Relay for Life wrapped up its overnight event in Worthington, the money has continued to pour in -- so much so that on Friday night, a collection taken at the grandstand during the Nobles County Fair pushed the final fundraising tally over the $100,000 mark. It is the most money ever raised in a one-year period for the Relay for Life since it began in Nobles County 14 years ago, and may be the plateau for the annual event that raises funds for the American Cancer Society's (ACS's) research and education efforts. Leading the
WORTHINGTON -- Seventeen-year-old Benjamin Cunningham of Round Lake remained in critical but stable condition Monday at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., following a crash Sunday night south of Worthington. According to a Caring Bridge page established by the family on the Internet, Cunningham suffered numerous fractures around his right eye and sight in that eye is "most likely gone." He also had a main artery severed and a fracture of the spine. Of main concern at this time is pressure and swelling on his brain.
WILMONT -- Heartfelt hugs, handshakes and smiles were ever present Saturday morning during the commemoration and memorial dedication marking the 50th anniversary of the worst car crash in Nobles County history. An estimated 400 people filled Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church to standing room only Saturday morning to honor the nine victims and the sole survivor of the crash on Aug. 13, 1960.
WORTHINGTON -- Roger Zarn estimates he has completed more than 70 counted cross-stitch pieces in the last 20-plus years, and he has the brag book -- and a growing collection of ribbons -- to prove it. In his fourth year of exhibiting in the open class show at the Nobles County Fair in Worthington, the retired Zarn earned champion honors in the fine arts division for a cross-stitch nativity scene he made from a Stoney Creek pattern.
WORTHINGTON -- Eight months ago, Kennedy Cummings of Brewster was on her way back to Nobles County with a trailer filled with five bred heifers and a dream to start her own cattle herd. Today, the 13-year-old (it's her birthday today) will watch as one of the offspring from those five -- a heifer calf -- is exhibited by younger sister Madison at the Nobles County Fair in Worthington. Cummings will show three cattle -- a market heifer, a market steer and a Prospect heifer -- during this morning's beef show, which begins at 9 a.m.
WORTHINGTON -- The turkeys had their beaks wide open, the chickens panted in their cages, rabbits were fidgety and the dairy cows grew a little skittish in the show ring. And the humans, well, the humans complained about the heat. It was opening day of the Nobles County Fair on Thursday, and Trevor Gruis of the Grand Prairie Rockets 4-H Club said it was the hottest day he remembers in his 12 years of showing cattle. "It was pretty hot," he said as sweat dripped from his face. "It wasn't ideal for showing cattle, but you gotta do what ya gotta do.