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 -- With empty hog confinement barns, shuttered dairies and bare feedlots becoming a fact of life across rural America, it's hard for some crop and livestock producers to see a light at the end of the tunnel. The light may be fairly dim right now, but Mark Pearson, host of "Market to Market" on public television, left those involved in agriculture feeling a little bit better about the industry's outlook during a meeting in Worthington Thursday.
WORTHINGTON -- The traditional start of flu season is still a few months away, but this fall is anticipated to be anything but typical with H1N1 novel influenza anticipated to be more of a threat. Nobles-Rock Community Health Services began meeting weekly earlier this month with representatives of each of the clinics and hospitals in the two counties to organize a plan of attack for the spread of the virus.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners and Worthington City Council members gathered for an early morning brainstorming session Monday to discuss the potential to work together on a joint library and senior center facility. Alderman Mike Woll said after having curbside discussions and following stories in the Daily Globe, it was time for the two entities to sit down and talk about the potential for collaboration. "Our senior center has really travelled a slow pace," Woll said.
LUVERNE -- The eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center is just around the corner, and Luverne's Diane Sherwood has never given up hope that one day there will be a facility to cater to people like those who were exposed to chemicals and toxins at Ground Zero the day the towers fell. Sherwood founded the Remember Rally in Luverne in 2003 to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
LUVERNE -- According to Luverne attorney Don Klosterbuer, Harvey Allison Ordung was a fairly simple man. The first time the two met, Klosterbuer described an older man of about 5 feet 5 inches tall, wearing bib overalls that hung about six to eight inches off the ground. He wore bedroom slippers wherever he went and loved to visit with the business people in the community. Ordung died Oct. 30, 2007, at the age of 84.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a payment to Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners spent five hours on Tuesday listening to nearly all of the county's department heads present their proposed 2010 budgets. The information will be used by the county to set its not-to-exceed levy by the Sept. 15 deadline. While no decisions on the presentations were made Tuesday, commissioners briefly discussed cutting the dedicated 3 percent of the levy used to fund road and bridge projects in the county.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington City Council approved final plans for the first phase of the Minnesota 60 four-lane expansion project during a public hearing with the Minnesota Department of Transportation Monday night. The meeting involved a recap of the expansion plans from near Nobles County 10 east -- following the south edge of Worthington and then north to the Union Pacific railroad bridge. The City of Worthington will be responsible for financing a portion of the project, and council members approved a good faith cost estimate on the first phase at $92,970.
WORTHINGTON -- Her blue eyes may start to gloss over a little bit when she walks her market steer out of the beef show at the Nobles County Fair for the last time today. It is Stephanie Lubben's final year as a 4-H member, and admittedly she's "quite sad" about it. Lubben was just 8years old when she joined the Indian Lake Progressives club 11 years ago. She is now at the helm as club president, in addition to serving as a county 4-H ambassador. For the past two years, Lubben has focused solely on beef projects at the fair.
WORTHINGTON -- After just one day at the Nobles County Fair, 4-H'er Nick Lorang of Lismore had accumulated a good share of purple ribbons. The Grand Prairie Rockets 4-H Club member will show his Quarter Pony, Silver, in the horse show this morning, and then go through judging this afternoon with his pen of market chickens. Already, Lorang earned champion in conventional photography, reserve champion intermediate digital photography, reserve champion intermediate fine arts, and three purple ribbons, three reserve champions and one blue ribbon in the dog show. He also earned reserve champion