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 -- Downtown Worthington's newest thrift store has been open for less than a month, and already the agency that operates the business is calling it a success. The Arc Thrift Store of Southwest Minnesota is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, but those hours may change to meet the convenience of customers. Ryan Schreiber manages the store, which includes everything from clothing and jewelry to home décor, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, books, toys, games and even used medical equipment. "We will accept any donations except appliances," said Schreiber.
WORTHINGTON -- With more than 99 percent of the influenza cases in the United States at this time designated as H1N1 novel influenza, Nobles-Rock Community Health Services officials have been talking about little else. During the NRCHS meeting Wednesday in Worthington, NRCHS Administrator Brad Meyer said he has given nearly 20 presentations in recent weeks about the H1N1 virus, targeting mainly daycare facilities, schools and adult basic education classrooms in Nobles and Rock counties. The H1N1 virus is making the rounds in area school districts, with Prairie Elementary in Worthington repor
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday learned that there is remaining bridge bonding money in the state's coffers, which will allow the county to move forward with its plans to replace a bridge on County State Aid Highway 11, northwest of Ellsworth. Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder said the county could anticipate getting up to 50 percent of the costs for the bridge's replacement covered by the bonding money.
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WORTHINGTON -- In a 6-1 vote, the District 518 Board of Education took the next step in addressing a flexible learning year calendar at its Tuesday night meeting. District 518 Superintendent John Landgaard said the proposal did not lock the district into implementing the new calendar for the 2010-2011 school year. Final action to approve or reject the flexible learning year concept would come after the application had been submitted to Minnesota's Commissioner of Education, he added. "We will continue to look at if it's good for our school district," Landgaard said.
WORTHINGTON -- With one rain delay after another keeping area farmers out of the fields, Gene "Pucky" Sandager thinks farmers should start putting names to these "monsoons" of rain and snow showers that have interrupted harvest -- kind of like they assign names to tropical storms and hurricanes. Maintaining a good sense of humor is critical, said the rural Hills farmer, just as the latest information on Minnesota's crop harvest shows that nearly two-thirds of the state's soybean crop is still in the field, along with more than 95 percent of the corn crop.
WORTHINGTON -- More than 30 people attended an informational meeting Thursday afternoon on the proposed Nobles Wind Project to be constructed in Olney, Dewald, Larkin and Summit Lake townships beginning in the spring of 2010. The meeting was the first of two planned Thursday at the Reading Community Center, and was meant to give the public an update on the permitting process and to ask questions. The Nobles Wind Project will include 134, 1.5-megawatt GE wind turbines, for a total capacity of 201 megawatts. The towers will stand 389 feet tall, including the blade.
WORTHINGTON -- A few changes are in store for Ridley Block Operations on the east edge of Worthington in the coming months. The plant that specializes in Crystalyx, a blended molasses nutritional product for cattle, will undergo an expansion by mid-December to manufacture the Golden Lyk line of compressed nutritional blocks for livestock. Ridley Inc. announced the purchase of Golden Lyk LLC and its parent company, Denco, to shareholders earlier this month.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Sibley-Ocheyedan High School agriculture instructor Mike Earll has been named a runner-up in Iowa's 2009 Excellence in Education award. More than 70 teachers across the state were nominated for the honor. Earll will be recognized at an awards ceremony and banquet Tuesday, at Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines.
WORTHINGTON -- During a special meeting of the Nobles County Board Monday afternoon, commissioners adopted a resolution to complete a participation plan -- the next step in the process toward implementing a new radio system. The action was taken in response to the Federal Communication Commission's requirement that agencies nationwide switch to a narrow band communications system by 2013. In Minnesota, the metro area converted to the ARMER (Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response) system several years ago.