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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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.
DUNDEE -- Along the trail that leads out to Fury's Island County Park in northeastern Nobles County stands a stately burr oak tree that is more than 200 years old. It is a testament to the long and storied past, not only of Nobles County, but of a family that has called the parcel home through five generations. Fury's Island itself is about 10 acres, long accessed only through the Fury family homestead located a short jog up the hill.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- A rather unique fundraiser has put an extra $22,600 into the coffers of the Sibley-Ocheyedan High School FFA Chapter. During the chapter's annual banquet Friday night, local sales representatives from Pioneer Seed presented an oversized check to FFA members, the money to be used however the chapter deems appropriate. Pioneer representatives Dan Lonneman, along with Kelly Monier and Steve Swenson, have long supported the work of the FFA. "FFA is really ag-oriented, and being as we all live in an ag community and sell ag products, we love to support them," said Lonneman. The
SIBLEY, Iowa -- The highest honor to be presented to an FFA member at the chapter level is the Star Award, and six of them were presented to members of the Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Chapter Friday night at the group's annual banquet in Sibley. Kendra Kruger was named Chapter Star in Agribusiness, while Drew Heemstra and Caleb Wagenaar were presented Chapter Star Farmer honors.
WORTHINGTON -- They carried gift bags, brochures, freebies and roses in bloom, stopping by one booth after another for information, ideas, a bit of shopping or a relaxing break. Hundreds of women -- and even some men -- attended the third annual Women's Expo Saturday on the campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington. Angie Schieck of Deb's Healing Massage and Day Spa was pulling relief duty -- taking the afternoon shift at the booth and offering neck and shoulder massages to woman after woman waiting in line. "It's been so busy all day," said Schieck as she trie