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 -- 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.
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.
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.
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.
WORTHINGTON -- About 6,000 photocopied documents were shipped out of the Nobles County Auditor-Treasurer's office Tuesday afternoon in response to the latest request in the ongoing saga over Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat. Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign has subpoenaed several counties throughout the state to provide documents -- most of which pertain to absentee ballots. Nobles County received its subpoena late last Thursday, with the documents due to Coleman's attorneys by 9 a.m.
WORTHINGTON -- With one bridge already closed and another posted down to a 10-ton weight limit, Nobles County will be seeking funds for replacement of 10 bridges this year. While the total cost of the projects is about $1.5 million, the money comes primarily from two separate state funds -- bridge bonding money and the township bridge account.
LUVERNE -- One person was installing carpet on the stairs, another was painting the entryway, and several construction workers were finishing up the last of the projects inside the former Rock County Law Enforcement Center Wednesday morning in preparation for the opening of the new Brandenburg Gallery and Luverne Area Chamber of Commerce later this month. For more than a year, contractors have worked to gut the entire four-floor interior of the building for the creation of gallery space for renowned nature photographer and Luverne native Jim Brandenburg, as well as display space for historica