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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WOODSTOCK -- The Moraine II Wind Farm, located in portions of Pipestone and Murray counties, has been awarded more than $28 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program. The award, announced Tuesday by the U.S. Treasury Department, is among a dozen projects in eight states to receive a combined $502 million for wind and solar projects. Moraine II Wind Farm was developed by PPM Energy, a Scottish power company.
ADRIAN -- At one time, the Adrian Care Center, Sanford Adrian Clinic and former city hospital provided the community's senior population with a continuum of care. That model is changing, however, as more residents strive to live an independent lifestyle as long as possible -- and the city is going to change right along with it. Within the next week, the city of Adrian will put out a call for bids on a 13,000-square-foot addition to the Adrian Care Center, according to Adrian City Administrator Bruce Heitkamp.
WORTHINGTON -- With empty hog confinement barns, shuttered dairies and bare feedlots becoming a fact of life across rural America, it's hard for some crop and livestock producers to see a light at the end of the tunnel. The light may be fairly dim right now, but Mark Pearson, host of "Market to Market" on public television, left those involved in agriculture feeling a little bit better about the industry's outlook during a meeting in Worthington Thursday.
WORTHINGTON -- The traditional start of flu season is still a few months away, but this fall is anticipated to be anything but typical with H1N1 novel influenza anticipated to be more of a threat. Nobles-Rock Community Health Services began meeting weekly earlier this month with representatives of each of the clinics and hospitals in the two counties to organize a plan of attack for the spread of the virus.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners and Worthington City Council members gathered for an early morning brainstorming session Monday to discuss the potential to work together on a joint library and senior center facility. Alderman Mike Woll said after having curbside discussions and following stories in the Daily Globe, it was time for the two entities to sit down and talk about the potential for collaboration. "Our senior center has really travelled a slow pace," Woll said.
LUVERNE -- The eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center is just around the corner, and Luverne's Diane Sherwood has never given up hope that one day there will be a facility to cater to people like those who were exposed to chemicals and toxins at Ground Zero the day the towers fell. Sherwood founded the Remember Rally in Luverne in 2003 to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
LUVERNE -- According to Luverne attorney Don Klosterbuer, Harvey Allison Ordung was a fairly simple man. The first time the two met, Klosterbuer described an older man of about 5 feet 5 inches tall, wearing bib overalls that hung about six to eight inches off the ground. He wore bedroom slippers wherever he went and loved to visit with the business people in the community. Ordung died Oct. 30, 2007, at the age of 84.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a payment to Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners spent five hours on Tuesday listening to nearly all of the county's department heads present their proposed 2010 budgets. The information will be used by the county to set its not-to-exceed levy by the Sept. 15 deadline. While no decisions on the presentations were made Tuesday, commissioners briefly discussed cutting the dedicated 3 percent of the levy used to fund road and bridge projects in the county.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington City Council approved final plans for the first phase of the Minnesota 60 four-lane expansion project during a public hearing with the Minnesota Department of Transportation Monday night. The meeting involved a recap of the expansion plans from near Nobles County 10 east -- following the south edge of Worthington and then north to the Union Pacific railroad bridge. The City of Worthington will be responsible for financing a portion of the project, and council members approved a good faith cost estimate on the first phase at $92,970.