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 -- Nobles County Commissioners tabled action on a resolution pertaining to the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) consolidation during their meeting Tuesday. The proposed project involves the consolidation of several county dispatch centers in southwest Minnesota into a central dispatch site. Six counties have participated in the PSAP study for the past several months. "It's up to each county board if they want to make that decision to move forward," said Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening on Tuesday morning. Initially, nine counties were involved in the study.
WORTHINGTON -- On a 3-1 vote this morning, Nobles County Commissioners decided to move forward with a public hearing in Commissioner District 4 to discuss filling the seat vacated by Norm Gallagher. The public hearing, required within 30 days of a vacancy, will allow commissioners to collect comments from the public. The meeting is slated for 7 p.m. April 19, in the board room of the Nobles County Government Center.
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County Planning Commission has tabled a request from Mortenson Construction & enXco to develop a lay-down yard, construction offices and a concrete mix plant on land in the northeast quarter of Section 6, Dewald Township. The action was taken during the commission's March 31 meeting. The two entities are now in the process of meeting with other landowners in the area that may be willing to rent them some land for the operation.
LUVERNE -- Whether you have an hour or an afternoon, the Rock County Veteran's Memorial Building in downtown Luverne is a must-see for anyone interested in the history of southwest Minnesota and the stories of Rock County veterans who served in World War II. Between its opening on July 18, 2009, and the end of the year, the Herreid Military Museum, located on the third level of the four-story former jail, welcomed more than 6,800 visitors. While many of them were from the region, visitors have stopped in from California to Florida.
LUVERNE -- More than a decade after volunteers with the Rock County Historical Society began restoring the Hinkly House Museum to the Queen Anne stylings of the late 1800s, the finishing touches are finally completed. With paintbrush in hand on a recent afternoon, Diane Jauert was busily adding a second coat of paint to a cabinet in the kitchen -- the final room to get a makeover. "Every room in the house will be done now," said Jauert, who was instrumental in renovating each of the 12 rooms in the home. "I'm very happy with it.
WORTHINGTON -- With bids for the next phase of the Minnesota 60 four-lane expansion project due to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) in less than three weeks, construction is still on track to start sometime around mid-July. The good news is that there will not be a detour this year for the project. Rebecca Arndt, Public Affairs Coordinator with MnDOT's District 7 office in Mankato, said the decision to avoid a detour in 2010 was made in January. "We're going to keep traffic on the existing road until spring 2011," said Keith Bloomgren, resident engineer of the Windom offic
WORTHINGTON -- Farmers who have been out in recent days getting the rest of last year's corn crop harvested are finding it over-wintered rather well, considering snow depths that, in some places, buried the entire corn stalk. New Vision Cooperative's grain division manager Dan Uttech said Friday that six of the company's 13 elevators had received deliveries of corn harvested within the last week. "It is surprisingly very, very good -- much better than it was last fall," Uttech said of the quality.
WORTHINGTON -- Area residents can expect to see turbine blades and generators moving across the county's roads later this month as construction nears on the state's second largest wind farm. On Wednesday, enXco and Xcel Energy completed a purchase and sale agreement for Nobles Wind Project.
WORTHINGTON -- For the first time in the history of the Worthington High School agriculture program, the department is being led by three women. Veteran ag teacher Deb Martin was joined at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year by full-time instructor Linnay Yarger and part-time teacher Colleen Duba.
WORTHINGTON -- A youth's senior year of high school is supposed to be exciting and memorable. Between going to football games, dances and drive-in movies, he or she is applying for college and making plans for the future. Leon Schimbeno's final year of high school wasn't quite that memorable. In fact, it was downright sad. "I was losing all kinds of friends -- they were enlisting, they were getting out of school," said Schimbeno.