Julie Buntjer joined the 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 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 farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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OKABENA -- More than 150 people gathered inside the high school gym in Okabena Monday night for continued discussion on the possibility of moving to a four-day school week. It was the third such public meeting in the Southwest Star Concept school district in the last three weeks. The district is considering the shortened school week as a way to cut $47,000 from its 2009-2010 operating budget.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners gave their approval to Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water's plan to expand rural water service to residents in the southern and western areas of the county during Tuesday morning's board session. The unanimous decision was made following a lengthy discussion that included testimony from two neighboring property owners -- one who owns land adjacent to where the water metering site will be located, and one who resides in the vicinity of the site where the 1 million gallon water tower will be constructed. Catherine Jones, of Sioux Falls, S.D., owns property
WORTHINGTON -- Brad Shaffer had long dreamed of opening his own accounting firm, and now that dream is a reality. Shaffer opened his office Feb. 23 in the Armory Business Center, located at 225 Ninth St. in downtown Worthington. A licensed certified public accountant, Shaffer provides all of the services of a CPA firm, from tax service and bookkeeping to accounting services, small audits, reviews and business consulting. "I'm trying to hit the market between the larger CPA firms in town and the smaller bookkeeping firms," he said.
WORTHINGTON -- She grew up in the largest city in Ecuador, but these days Pilar Hartshorn prefers small-town life. Hartshorn lives in Luverne with her three daughters, 14-year-old Bahieh, 10-year-old Marisol and 3-year-old Roselynn "Rosita," as well as her mother, Hortensia "Horty." While she appreciates the quiet safety in the southwest Minnesota community, she enjoys the ethnic diversity and endless opportunities available in Worthington, where she has worked for nearly six years. The youngest of four children and the only daughter, Hartshorn was raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador, picking seash
LUVERNE -- For the first time in 30 years, the Green Earth Players will perform a melodrama on the stage of the Palace Theatre in Luverne. Performances will be offered Friday through Sunday, and again March 27-29. Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m., while Sunday offers a 2 p.m. matinee. Former Luverne High School theater director Carol Ceynowa is directing the cast of 13 in GEP's rendition of "Dirty Work at the Crossroads." "It's a traditional melodrama," said Ceynowa of the production originally performed back in 1944. "This is an old, more traditional one.
ST. KILIAN -- After a one-year hiatus, The Misfits of St. Kilian are at it again. The theatrical group will present the comedy, "Off with His Head" in four dinner theater performances this week. While Saturday and Sunday shows are already sold out, tickets remain for the 6:30 p.m. performances on both Thursday and Friday night at the St. Joseph's Hall in St. Kilian. This year marks the 21st production for The Misfits, who had decided after their 2007 season to retire after 20 consecutive seasons.
LUVERNE -- The Irish and Irish wannabes will be clad in shades of green today in honor of St. Patrick, one of the patron saints of Ireland. But did you know St. Patrick is actually associated with the color blue? According to Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, green likely became the official color of attire due to the phrase "the wearing of the green," which meant that a person had a green shamrock attached to his or her clothing. The shamrock, according to legend, was used to explain the Holy Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish. A public holiday since 1903, St.
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County Pheasants Forever chapter will celebrate the recent purchase of two parcels during the organization's annual banquet later this month in Worthington. The newly acquired land includes a nearly 18-acre parcel purchased from John and Yolanda Donkersloot and a 23.4-acre parcel purchased from Gary and Virginia Drost.
LUVERNE -- When Nobles County Commissioners accepted the $153,426 low bid for the Nobles County Government Center third floor remodeling project a week ago, several commissioners said the project was necessary due to a lack of space in the Nobles-Rock Community Health Services offices. NRCHS administrator Brad Meyer wanted to set the record straight on Wednesday afternoon, when he met with the NRCHS board in Luverne. "Public health did not ask for the room," explained Meyer.
WORTHINGTON -- When Dung Truong was born, he was immediately given away by his mother to be raised by strangers. That was how it was for many babies born to Vietnamese mothers and American soldier fathers. They were unwanted and unloved by their families and unappreciated by the Vietnamese society. With the odds stacked against them, lucky ones like Truong made it. For the first seven years of his life, Truong was raised by nuns in a Catholic convent in Saigon City, Vietnam. "The Sisters in the church take care of a lot of children," said Truong.