Julie Buntjer joined the Daily Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At the Daily Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at www.farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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WORTHINGTON -- When Col. Leo Thorsness returned home in 1973 after six years in captivity in Vietnam, several of his fellow prisoners of war signed on with book publishers to share their story of war and torture at the hands of the enemy. Thorsness wasn't one of them. He went on to marry, have a family and even grandchildren before deciding to write his memoir of war.
WORTHINGTON -- A Rushmore teen organized a luncheon for more than 70 women, invited local businesses to promote their products and offered guests a chance to tour the historic Dayton House in downtown Worthington Saturday -- all to earn the highest honor available to a Girl Scout, the Gold Award. Whitney Behrens logged more than the required 65 hours of independent work that goes into earning the Gold Award, taking steps that focus on creating, building, exploring, gathering information and serving her community.
WORTHINGTON -- Two more cases of bedbug infestations have been reported to Nobles-Rock Community Health Services in the last week, bringing the total number of investigations to four in Worthington. Jason Kloss, NRCHS Sanitarian, said the two new cases involve a unit in a local apartment complex, as well as a residential rental home.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa -- There may be a heat wave rolling through southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa this week, but by the time the weekend rolls around, it truly will feel like winter once again -- just in time for the Okoboji Winter Games. Several new events are planned for this, the 29th annual event in the Iowa Great Lakes, including hot air balloons -- weather dependent, of course. While events get under way at 9 a.m. Friday, the official kick-off to the winter games is the annual chili cook-off, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
LAKE WILSON -- Rural Lake Wilson farmer Gene Stoel was honored earlier this month as the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council's Director of the Year. The award was presented during a luncheon at the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association annual meeting Jan. 7. Stoel was elected to the MSR&PC in 2007 as a representative of District 7, which encompasses the nine counties of southwest Minnesota.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners will move forward with a request for bids to remodel the third floor of the Nobles County Government Center in Worthington, but the work may be put on hold in light of the current economic downturn. The remodeling project would include replacing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, moving administration offices adjacent to the board room and providing more space for the public health offices.
WORTHINGTON -- The owners of a Worthington motel treated for the presence of bedbugs in mid-December want to ensure the public that they have taken every step possible to eliminate the pests from their rooms. Dipesh Patel said four complete bed sets were purchased to replace the mattresses and box springs in the affected room, as well as two adjoining rooms at the Sunset Inn, 1923 Dover St. The affected bed sets were destroyed. Carpets were shampooed, furniture was removed and treated, and the room was fumigated in immediate response to the Dec. 16 report, Patel said.
ADRIAN -- Sherrilyn Klaassen may not be able to hear the alarm clock that sounds every morning inside her Adrian home, but her hearing service dog, Hogan, can. The nearly two-year-old Shih Tzu mix climbs into Klaassen's bed if she tries to catch "just one more minute" of sleep and starts licking the woman's ear until she gets up. It is just one of the many traits Hogan has when it comes to aiding his master. Klaassen, who was diagnosed with a hearing impairment when she was five years old, received Hogan through the Hearing and Service Dogs of Minnesota program.
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles-Rock Community Health Services board on Wednesday discussed a couple of bedbug infestations discovered in recent weeks in Worthington. The first infestation was reported by a person staying at the Sunset Inn, 1923 Dover St., on Dec. 16. Motel owners immediately disposed of the box spring and mattress in the room, and then had a pest controller fumigate the room and adjacent rooms.