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 -- There has been little activity on the former Central School block in Worthington since the school building was torn down in December 2007. That will soon change, however, as workers were at the site Monday morning to take soil borings in preparation for construction of a new Unity House on the northeastern portion of the property. Scott Johnson, executive director of the Southwestern Mental Health Center (SMHC), said on Thursday that construction is hoped to begin sometime in September.
WORTHINGTON -- The stench of burnt carpet still hung in the air Tuesday afternoon, days after someone illegally dumped a load of garbage in a ditch across from Smith Lake in rural Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners approved more than $40,000 in appropriations to several non-profit entities on Tuesday to fulfill previously approved obligations. The approvals were granted less than a month after board members voted to notify agencies of budget cuts that may impact the amount of money they receive in the future. Agencies receiving appropriations during Tuesday's meeting include the Civil Air Patrol, which will receive its entire 2009 appropriation request of $1,200; and the Nobles County Fair Association, which requested its remaining appropriation of $17,500.
WORTHINGTON -- It is actually quite pretty until you realize the blue-green coloring that covers the silky sand at Centennial Beach and clings to the rocks along the shoreline is actually decaying algae. With anticipated 80-degree temperatures later this week, it can only mean one thing -- the potent smell that comes from algae death is sure to keep even the curious dog out of Lake Okabena for a little while. A visit to the beach Monday afternoon was void of little children building sand castles and pre-teens floating on inflatable rafts.
WORTHINGTON -- When a woman is diagnosed with cancer, one of the early questions weighing on her mind is the impact required chemotherapy or radiation treatments will have on her body. While research continues to find ways to alleviate some of the repercussions of cancer and its treatment, the American Cancer Society (ACS) and various cosmetology groups have partnered on a program to maintain and boost self-image and confidence in women undergoing treatment. The Look Good Feel Better program has been offered through ACS for 20 years, but it wasn't until a couple of years ago that group sessi
MELVIN, Iowa -- From the moment one walks toward the front entrance of Leon Hulstein's home near Melvin, Iowa, they can't help but be lured down a path toward beautiful blossoms and a bubbling brook filled with koi and goldfish. "It's an oasis of color in the middle of the corn fields. It's like a little slice of Heaven right here on Earth," said Clark Haken, the director of Atlas of Osceola County, as he sat with the man who created the gardener's delight. A retired farmer, Hulstein has been perfecting his outdoor oasis for 21 years.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Between them, Kevin Berkland of Sibley and Becca Fischer of Ashton, Iowa, earned five trips to the Iowa State Fair -- and that was before either of them had exhibited their animals in the livestock shows. 4-H non-livestock projects were judged on Tuesday, with livestock projects brought in Wednesday morning at the Osceola County Fair in Sibley.
ADRIAN -- Half an hour into the first afternoon of Art Camp at Adrian Elementary School Tuesday, Cheyanne Bos of Rushmore held up her hands to show shades of red, yellow and blue paint splattered all over her palms, fingers and thumbs. It was just what the 9-year-old had expected when she signed up for the three-day Art Camp, spearheaded by the Nobles County Integration Collaborative.
WORTHINGTON -- Habitat for Humanity volunteer Don Basche stood on a newly laid piece of roof sheeting and watched as Dan Wagner worked the nail gun Monday afternoon on Worthington's newest Habitat for Humanity house. Work on the project began in earnest in early June, with Schmidt Excavating digging the footings. After that, Groninga Construction poured the cement flooring, Nau Construction did the framing and set the rafters, Lloyd Robertson and Curt Pietz helped with the interior walls and Jeff Rogers, Rolf Mahlberg and Doug Anton helped get half the roof in place.
LUVERNE -- After 18 months and more than $4 million, the renovations are nearly complete on the Galleries on the Rock County Courthouse Square. A ribbon cutting and grand opening are just one week away. The dedication of the century-old building and former Rock County Jail will include the unveiling of the official name for the center, according to Jane Wildung Lanphere, executive director of the Luverne Area Chamber of Commerce. Several individuals from Luverne's past and present will be the guests of honor during the dedication ceremony, which is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m.