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 -- It's been several days since the thermometer dipped below 32 degrees, but the lack of sunshine and warmer weather still has many crop producers wondering about the extent of frost damage to their emerged corn fields. Mike Crowley, an AgStar Crop Insurance agent in Worthington, said he's talked with a lot of concerned farmers since Monday about the potential yield impact from the several hours of below-freezing temperatures in the region early Sunday morning. "The biggest thing is we need some heat and some sunshine before we can see if there is damage," Crowley said.
LUVERNE -- Nobles-Rock Community Health Services (NRCHS) will host a public hearing next month on proposed changes to its tobacco ordinance. The ordinance has not been updated since it was written in 1999. Health educator Paula Anderson told NRCHS board members Wednesday afternoon that a loophole in the state-wide Freedom to Breathe Act allowed people to sample products in tobacco stores. The new ordinance will eliminate that potential, and further defines what tobacco or a tobacco product is to be more in line with the state's definition.
LEOTA -- Keela Wieneke realized just how much she missed the farm after she and her family moved into Leota about six years ago. So, she did the one thing that could keep her connected to agriculture -- she went to work on a dairy farm. Wieneke, the daughter of Craig and Lana Wieneke, recently volunteered to serve as the Nobles County Dairy Princess. She will be among dozens of girls competing this weekend to be one of the 12 Princess Kay of the Milky Way finalists.
WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota West Community and Technical College agriculture instructors Jeff Rogers and Rolf Mahlberg are gearing up for a new fall schedule for students -- to continue their education online during the busy harvest season. The college has been innovative in online coursework, and by extending into the agriculture curriculum hopes to encourage more people to enroll in classes if they know they will have time to do fall fieldwork. The program is set up to get students into class at the beginning of the school year, introduce them to the subject matter and then, when harvest arri
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Five years after the first Honor Flight was organized, World War II veterans from southwest Minnesota boarded a Sun Country Airlines 737 bound for Washington to view the memorial built in their honor. On April 30 and May 1, nearly 110 veterans and 52 guardians, staff and media took part in the inaugural Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight. The two-day journey included visits to the Air Force Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam and Korean War memorials and the Lincoln Monument.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Two fountain pools, a base that features a map of the world and a statue of a lone sailor standing alongside a bag filled with his belongings form the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington. On one of the final stops in the two-day journey of Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota, veterans stepped off their buses to the sound of music performed by high school students on the memorial's concert stage.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Lois Widmark is used to offering her "wing" to help out an elderly neighbor, so when she and Jo Strube walked toward an etching at the World War II Memorial in honor of women, she stuck out her elbow and the two walked arm in arm up the incline, beaming from ear to ear. This was the day they had waited for -- a bright and sunny May Day and a couple of hours to spend at the memorial built in their honor. Widmark, of Ivanhoe, and Strube, of Jackson, were the only two female World War II veterans taking part in the inaugural Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Located on the National Mall, in between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, stands the World War II Memorial. It is dedicated to the 16 million people who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the European and Pacific theaters between 1941 and 1945. The memorial opened in April 2004 and features 56 pillars to represent each of the United States, territories and the District of Columbia that joined forces to liberate a world that was becoming overrun by tyrants.
ARLINGTON, Va. -- As the bus entered the gates of Arlington National Cemetery Friday afternoon, conversation among the mostly Nobles County World War II veterans aboard grew quiet. They looked out their windows at the rows and rows of white markers and marble tombstones stretching as far as the eye could see. For those who hadn't before visited Arlington -- and for many of those who had -- the mood turned somber. More than 300,000 people are buried at Arlington National Cemetery, including former presidents William Taft and John F. Kennedy, U.S.
ARLINGTON, Va. -- When Ken Thompson stepped off the bus Friday afternoon and walked toward the U.S. Marine Memorial -- more commonly known as the Iwo Jima Memorial -- it brought tears to his eyes. For the Worthington man, this had been his first visit to the monument that honors the more than 6,800 U.S. troops killed in the battle for the Pacific island and serves as a tribute to all Marines. "It was tough. There were too many lives lost," said Thompson.