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 -- If you plan on eating a natural casing wiener in the coming days, chances are the casing was processed right here in Worthington. On Tuesday afternoon, JBS celebrated the opening of its casing building, located directly south of its main hog processing facility in Worthington. The $8.5 million building project was completed earlier this year, and has been in full operation since late April.
ADRIAN -- A little bit of rain and a little bit of cold could not put a damper on the celebration in Adrian Tuesday noon, as community leaders and architects gathered to break ground on a new assisted living and memory care facility. The project will expand the options for senior care in the community, and is being constructed adjacent to Adrian Country Living, a skilled nursing facility formerly managed by Sanford Health. "This whole project started about 18 months to two years ago," said Adrian Mayor John Faber during an indoor gathering prior to the groundbreaking.
WORTHINGTON -- Torey Schroeder was born and raised in Worthington, graduated from high school and college here and now is a business owner in the community. Little more than a month ago, Schroeder opened the Torey Schroeder Insurance Agency under the American Family Insurance umbrella. His office is located at 1607 N.
WORTHINGTON -- Over the past 50 years, Paul Langseth has seen the banks of his family's Lake Ocheda waterfront property slowly erode away because of large whitecaps slamming into the eastern shore on windy days and heavy rains washing away the shoreline. It has taken years for the problem to get as bad as it is today -- a 1,500-foot stretch of Langseth's shoreline is now a cliff that rises 15 to 20 feet above the lake.
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County Planning Commission Wednesday night approved a conditional use permit for enXco, a wind energy development company based in Minneapolis, to construct a switching station and maintenance facility in Nobles County. It was the second time the commission has addressed enXco's request to permit land for the company to begin site development. In October, planning commissioners approved a request by enXco to permit NSP/Xcel Energy-owned land in the northeast quarter of Section 23, Summit Lake Township, as a potential location for the switching station and maintenanc
County Administrator receives performance evaluation WORTHINGTON -- With approximately $215,000 to work with under the 2010 maximum levy limitation, Nobles County Commissioners continued to tweak the budget following regular board action Tuesday. By the time the discussion ended, commissioners had designated funding to refill a finance director position vacant for much of 2009; cut by $25,000 the amount of money set aside for the ARMER radio system for emergency response; cut $50,000 from the public works budget; adjusted revenues in the county assessor's office by $5,000; designated
WORTHINGTON -- More than 3,100 icicle lights adorn the outside of the John and LaVonne Lillie home at 1428 Briarwood Drive in Worthington. The lights, along with greenery and white poinsettias gathered near the front door, provide a mere glimpse of the effort the Lillies have put into their home, which will be open to the public during this weekend's eighth annual Hospice Cottage Christmas House Walk. The Lillies don't typically decorate their entire house for the holidays, but this year is different.
Editor's Note: This is the final segment in a series of stories about wind turbines and their impact on the rural landscape. WORTHINGTON -- In southwest Minnesota, farmers have struggled through months, even years, of low commodity prices for the food they produce -- from pork chops to a glass of milk. Then, along came companies like enXco, offering those same farmers and landowners an opportunity -- a chance to take some of their land out of production and, in its place, erect wind turbines to harvest one of the region's greatest natural resources. The concept seems a win-win for landowner
Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of stories about wind turbines and their impact on the rural landscape. WORTHINGTON -- The Rural Minnesota Energy Board and the Association of Minnesota Counties have identified the wind turbine production tax as their No. 1 priority to be resolved in the upcoming legislative session. What they want is for the state to reverse its 2008 action that calculated production tax payments into a county's maximum levy.
WORTHINGTON -- A couple of years ago, Murray County collected more than $1 million in production tax revenue from the wind turbines that span the horizon along the Buffalo Ridge. For several years, in fact, the county collected large amounts of tax dollars from the wind turbines and spent the money on special projects. They built a new grandstand at the Murray County Fairgrounds, constructed a new county human services building on the edge of Slayton and erected a new storage building for county property. "We had some major building projects," said Murray County Deputy Auditor Barb Lewis.