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 -- A visit to a little-known Amish Mennonite Cemetery in Nobles County in 2004 has lead a group of Canadians to write a book about family members who settled near Wilmont between 1891 and 1910. "Minnesota Meanderings" is set to be released in a March 6 book launch in Milverton, Ontario, Canada. The book is filled with information about the "settlement that failed" in Nobles County and another settlement of primarily Mennonite people that had settled in Jackson County between 1894 and 1901.
WORTHINGTON -- If there was ever a winter that highlighted the need for living snow fences along state highways, county and township roads, this would be it. Stephanie McLain, district conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Worthington, said programs continue to provide incentives for landowners willing to plant trees along northern and western sides of roadways. "You can really see where the snow fences are this year," said McLain, showing photos taken recently in the county where trees have been strategically placed to help hold snow back and keep it from drifti
WORTHINGTON -- One of the first things new members of the FFA learn is its motto -- Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve. Those words are essentially words to live by for members of the FFA. They learn the value of hard work, the joy of accomplishment and the reward that comes with making a positive impact on their lives as well as others. The FFA's primary goals are to teach leadership skills, job skills and community service.
OCHEYEDAN, Iowa -- In recent years, the Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Chapter has played an integral role in building tourism for northwest Iowa. The chapter was honored by the Iowa FFA Association for its work in developing a brochure that touted the sites of Osceola County and still leads visitors on a treasure trove of "off the beaten path" places to see. Now, the chapter is working once again to boost tourism in the county by making barn quilts. Available in three different sizes, the quilts are sold to area residents to display on their barns and outbuildings.
PIPESTONE -- With the biennial Civil War Days event planned in Pipestone this summer, the Pipestone County Historical Society invited a Civil War re-enactor to speak at its annual meeting Saturday at the Calumet Inn. Bill Hoskins has spent the past 23 years doing re-enactments of Civil War battles across the country.
WORTHINGTON -- Before the Bread of Life feeding ministry served its first meal in Worthington little more than a year ago, skeptics said it wouldn't last. Jan Ojinaka, one of its organizers, said the program is not only still serving a meal every Saturday afternoon for people in need, an average of 20 to 25 people are fed each week. After seeing a drop in attendees during the summer months, Ojinaka said attendance began to rebound during the fall, and has stayed steady this winter.
WORTHINGTON -- One week after people gathered in Worthington to discuss the health of Lake Okabena, landowners and residents who live along the shores of Lake Ocheda met Thursday night to develop a consensus on how to best improve water clarity and water quality in the shallow prairie lake. Organized by landowner Paul Langseth, the meeting included an overview of recent testing performed on Lake Ocheda, as well as a breakout session to give participants an opportunity to share their opinions. "I'm concerned about the quality of the lake," Langseth told the nearly 30 people in attendance.
LUVERNE -- The flight has now been booked, and the dates are soon to be announced for the Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight, which will take the area's World War II veterans to see their memorial in Washington, D.C. Sponsorships and donations continue to pour in, and numerous fundraisers are planned in the coming weeks to help raise the $136,000 needed to take the veterans, free of charge, on a two-day journey to the nation's capitol city. On Thursday, Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight executive committee member Jane Wildung Lanphere said more than $115,000 has been raised in Rock, Nobles, Pip
EDGERTON -- One month after Edgerton's Art Broekhuis celebrated his 18th birthday in June 1943, he reported for duty at Fort Snelling. Drafted by the U.S. Army, Broekhuis was among five Pipestone County men called into action in the middle of July. There was Jeffrey Crow, a Native American from Pipestone, along with men of the last names Tobias and Veldhuizen, and Leslie Brink, a neighbor and cousin to Broekhuis. All five were transferred to Camp Robinson, Ark., for 16 weeks of basic training in the infantry.
WORTHINGTON -- The Southwest Minnesota Broadband Group (SWMBG), composed of nine rural communities in southwest Minnesota, has been awarded $12.7 million in grant and loan funds to expand broadband Internet access in the region. In an announcement made by Sen. Amy Klobuchar's office Wednesday afternoon, she said the group will receive a nearly $6.4 million loan and a $6.4 million grant to extend broadband service to Jackson, Lakefield, Windom, Round Lake, Bingham Lake, Brewster, Wilder, Heron Lake and Okabena. The funds were awarded by the U.S.