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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WINDOM -- A 2009 Windom High School graduate returned home from the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., last weekend with a plaque and a $500 scholarship after being named a national FFA proficiency finalist. Tanner Smith was one of four finalists in the forage production entrepreneurship and placement proficiency. Andy Fuecht of Mayville, Wis., ultimately earned top honors in the competition.
LAKEFIELD -- Lily Neylon-Voda and Justice Badgley were excited to get their first tour of the Prairie Ecology Bus Center (PEBC) during an unveiling of the new traveling classroom Monday night in Lakefield. The pair of 10-year-olds from Jackson checked out the macroscope and microscope on display inside the new bus, and watched as PEBC naturalist Alisha Flemming used the macroscope to focus in on a bug.
OKABENA -- One week from today, voters in the Southwest Star Concept (Heron Lake-Okabena) school district will go to the polls to decide on what could become one of the largest operating levy referendums in the state, if approved. More than three dozen people attended an informational meeting Monday night in the SSC High School gym to hear why the referendum is needed, what property owners in the district will see in a tax increase and what may happen if voters reject the referendum. SSC School Superintendent Becky Cselovszki said the $1,000-per-pupil-unit referendum increase being proposed
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.