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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ROUND LAKE -- Nearly 175 employees of Farley's & Sathers in Round Lake walked out the doors of the production facility for the last time on Friday, the last day of product packaging at the site. The overnight shift at the plant finished work at 7 a.m. Friday, with subsequent shifts wrapping up their last day of work at 3 p.m.
PIPESTONE -- With the exception of his 42 months in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, 90-year-old Loren Hubner has spent his entire life within a quarter-mile stretch of farmland on the northwest side of Pipestone. It was the Air Force, he said, that allowed him to see the world, alongside the good and bad of a war between nations. "I'm happy that I was in," he said. "I saw so much of the world, and I was treated really good.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington City Council voted Monday night to take the first step in examining the feasibility of selling the city's industrial wastewater treatment facility. JBS has expressed interest in owning the plant, and is the facility's primary user. City Engineer Dwayne Haffield presented information from Wenck Associates of Windom and Flaherty & Hood P.A. on the technical and legal issues of pursuing a sale of the property.
WORTHINGTON -- Several townships across Nobles County have closed lesser-traveled roads with the amount of snow that has fallen this winter, and more closures may be announced after this latest round of snow and wind rolls out of the area. Earlier this week, Nobles County Commissioners were told that some townships were choosing not to keep some of their roads open.
SLAYTON -- When Ray Goergen was drafted into the U.S. Army on Feb. 13, 1942, the military already knew how best to use the Granville, Iowa, native's talents. A graduate of the eighth grade, Goergen had gone on to vocational school in Milford, Iowa, where he received certification in mechanical work.
WORTHINGTON -- In a 3-2 decision, the Nobles County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved both new and increased fees in the county's public works department for everything from driveway construction to utility installation, moving permits for over length, over height, overweight and over width vehicles, and for widening intersections for over width vehicle traffic. Commissioners David Benson, Marv Zylstra and Vern Leistico voted in favor of the fee implementation. Nobles County Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder said that since the department cut approximately 15 percent from its
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington has hit a new low -- a bitterly cold, stay-in-your-home, don't-start-your-car kind of low. Saturday morning's minus 31 degree temperature shattered the community's previous record low of minus 25, set in 1974. The forecast for this Saturday has the potential to break another record, according to Kyle Weisser, a lead forecaster with the National Weather Service office in Sioux Falls, S.D. "The winds will really pick up -- up to 35 miles per hour (on Thursday) -- and temperatures will fall below zero," Weisser said.
PIPESTONE -- David and Marlyce Logan of rural Pipestone recently earned the grand prize in the Friends of Minnesota Barns Barn of the Year competition. Their barn received top honors in the farm use division. The non-farm use Barn of the Year award went to Carl and Wanda Erickson's rural Hawley barn, while runners-up in the second annual contest were barns owned by LeRoy Grewe of Gaylord, Mike and Jean Kauffmann of Arlington, Gary and Marjory Becker of Marshall and Ruth Miller of Buffalo.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles-Rock Community Health Services, with help from the Southwest Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross and Nobles County Emergency Management, distributed 1,525 doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine during a public clinic Wednesday in Worthington. NRCHS director Brad Meyer said they had a little more than 1,600 doses available. "When we got there at 9 a.m., there were already people lined up for the 10 a.m. clinic," Meyer said. For the first two hours of the clinic, he estimated most people endured at least an hour-long wait.
WORTHINGTON -- At the age of 88, Worthington's Jake Dekker said things happened during his tour of duty throughout Europe in World War II that can be forgotten, but the two things he most wants to forget remain etched in his senses today -- the sight and the smell of death. Dead soldiers, dead livestock -- they are the casualties of war one can't ignore. Despite the bad, there were some positives that came out of World War II -- the liberations, the celebrations, the jubilation. "I'll never forget the liberation," said Dekker.