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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WORTHINGTON -- Nobles-Rock Community Health Services is investigating a public health nuisance report in Bigelow. Sanitarian Jason Kloss reported to the NRCHS board on Wednesday that he was notified of property at 2675 Canterbury that was abandoned. The home is owned by Warren Van Westen, who now has an address in Sibley, Iowa. In his report, Kloss noted a strong odor of decaying material and observed food residue, garbage and debris accumulating in every room of the house.
LUVERNE -- The plane is booked, the itinerary has been tweaked, and more than 60 World War II veterans are already on the list for the second Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota (HFSM). The next flight date is Oct.
WORTHINGTON -- A request from a truck driver wanting to haul 90,000-pound loads of soybeans to the Minnesota Soybean Processors facility near Brewster was denied by Nobles County Commissioners during their board meeting on Tuesday. Nobles County Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder brought forth the request, saying that recent legislation makes it possible for people to haul loads over the legal limit of 80,000 pounds if they get permission from the road authority and pay the permit fee. The request was to use County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 35 to transport the soybean loads. "At this po
WORTHINGTON -- Volunteers are gearing up for the 14th annual Nobles County Relay for Life on June 18-19, but there is one major change in the schedule this year. To better accommodate survivors and create an atmosphere of celebration -- the 2010 theme for Relay for Life is Celebrating a World with More Birthdays -- the annual survivor supper will be a separate event on June 15 at the American Reformed Church, 1720 N. Burlington Ave., Worthington. The evening will begin with 5:15 p.m.
HERON LAKE -- They are sweet, they are juicy and, starting this morning, they can be picked at the peak of perfection. Strawberry season is upon us, and Schumacher's Nursery and Berry Farm on the outskirts of Heron Lake is kicking off the berry-picking season today. The strawberry season is relatively short-lived in Minnesota -- generally two to three weeks on average -- but Adam Schumacher is hopeful for an extended season this year after an ideal winter snow covering and fairly good spring growing conditions. "The way they bloomed, we'll have a nice long season and we'll have a lot of ber
Dedication planned during Wednesday's city band concert in Chautauqua Park
LUVERNE -- The weekend schedule of summer festivals launches into gear in southwest Minnesota on Friday, with the start of the two-day Buffalo Days celebration in Luverne. The 26th annual festival celebrates the county's history, having long been home to bison that roam the grounds of Blue Mounds State Park. This year, the Buffalo Days celebration will include some extra special guests -- five descendants of Philo and Malvina Hawes, the couple credited with founding Luverne. The five cousins will serve as parade marshals for Saturday's 10 a.m.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- While most kids spent their final days of the school year sitting behind a desk and watching the beautiful blue skies outside, students in Mike Earll's FFA program at Sibley-Ocheyedan High School were putting their skills to use on a community project that will soon result in campground facilities at Iowa's high point. Hawkeye Point, located midway between Bigelow and Sibley, Iowa, has undergone a transformation in the last couple of years as groups like the FFA chapter work to promote agriculture and tourism in Osceola County.
WORTHINGTON -- The Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water project is going to cost nearly $1 million more than first budgeted after additional work was written into the project. In a report to Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday morning, Dennis Healy, LPRW chief executive officer, said supplemental funds will need to be secured to cover the added costs. "There were four major items included in the original budget. Those four came in under budget by $2.7 million, so we decided to put more pipe in the ground," explained Healy.
LUVERNE -- An idea that grew out of a meeting with members of the Rock County Composters group has spurred a new kind of growth in Luverne -- plots of tomato, chive, onion and an assortment of other vegetable plants. The community garden features 16, 10- by 10-foot plots, all of which were spoken for in short order prior to the start of this year's growing season.