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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SLAYTON -- Law enforcement officers and county commissioners from nearly all nine counties in District 8 met with Minnesota's Commissioner of Public Safety Michael Campion in Slayton Thursday afternoon to discuss potential collaboration on regional dispatch in southwest Minnesota. The meeting, organized by Rock County Administrator Kyle Oldre, was to explain the process of reducing the number of Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) or joint dispatch sites around the state.
LUVERNE -- Rock County Administrator Kyle Oldre updated members of the Nobles-Rock Community Health Services board Wednesday on discussions in the Association of Minnesota County's Eighth District regarding the potential for counties to collaborate on services. Public health was among the Top 5 agencies district representatives identified as a potential for multi-county collaboration. "Rock County is going to be discussing, at one point, public health," said Oldre, adding that the same discussion will take place in Nobles County.
WORTHINGTON -- While no official decision could be made during a special work session Monday morning, Nobles County Commissioners appeared to agree on one thing -- to take the next step in the quest for improved library services in Worthington. The work session followed a regularly scheduled board meeting last Tuesday, during which George Lawson, hired to conduct a needs assessment on the Nobles County Library and Information Center, gave a detailed report on the library's growing pains and its inability to adequately serve consumers. Before Monday's discussion even started, Commissioner Ver
WORTHINGTON -- Whether you're looking to be informed or entertained, the annual Nobles County Spring Fling for Seniors promises to offer a fun day for the area's retirement-age and retired residents. This year's event begins with 8 a.m. registration Thursday at American Reformed Church, 1720 N.
WORTHINGTON -- If attendance at the public forums were any indication, people throughout the area are no longer concerned about the threat of the H1N1 novel influenza virus. Nobles-Rock Community Health Services Administrator Brad Meyer said just one person attended the public forums conducted Wednesday night in Worthington and Thursday night in Luverne -- and he wasn't too optimistic about attendance at Friday night's repeat forum in Worthington. The public interest in H1N1 is waning, and health agencies have shifted gears slightly as it appears the outbreak is on the decline. "We think th
WORTHINGTON -- With anywhere from one to two inches dousing the Worthington area in the last couple of days, area crop producers are at a standstill. Tractors and planters are parked and, with the weather forecast calling for more rain today, it could be a while before farmers get back to their job of getting this year's corn and soybean crops in the field. Ron Obermoller of rural Brewster said planting has been going slow in his area. "We got a couple inches of rain in the last two days," Obermoller said.
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County Library in Worthington has been in need of space for a long time, and the need will only continue to increase in the years to come, according to George Lawson, an Ames, Iowa-based library building consultant who was hired by Nobles County earlier this year to conduct a needs assessment on the facility. With just 9,600 square feet of space -- including storage -- the library "suffers to provide service to the community ...
SIBLEY, Iowa -- They huddled close together on their sides, backs and bellies in a shallow cardboard box lined with a pink towel.
WORTHINGTON -- Public health agencies across Minnesota continue to receive updates several times a day on the H1N1 novel influenza virus after a second probable case was discovered Friday in Isanti County, north of the Twin Cities. Nobles-Rock Community Health Services Administrator Brad Meyer said based on the number and location of confirmed H1N1 flu cases, the local agency anticipates it will only be a matter of time before cases are discovered in southwest Minnesota.
WORTHINGTON -- With summer just a month away and the promise of kids hanging around the house, the Nobles County Community Concerns committee is working to organize a summer feeding program for children ages 1 to 18 in Worthington. During a meeting on Thursday, Manna Food Pantry Coordinator Gene Foth said 95 percent of students at the Worthington Area Language Academy -- and 65 percent of students at Worthington's Prairie Elementary -- are eligible for free or reduced lunches.