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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WORTHINGTON -- When a woman is diagnosed with cancer, one of the early questions weighing on her mind is the impact required chemotherapy or radiation treatments will have on her body. While research continues to find ways to alleviate some of the repercussions of cancer and its treatment, the American Cancer Society (ACS) and various cosmetology groups have partnered on a program to maintain and boost self-image and confidence in women undergoing treatment. The Look Good Feel Better program has been offered through ACS for 20 years, but it wasn't until a couple of years ago that group sessi
MELVIN, Iowa -- From the moment one walks toward the front entrance of Leon Hulstein's home near Melvin, Iowa, they can't help but be lured down a path toward beautiful blossoms and a bubbling brook filled with koi and goldfish. "It's an oasis of color in the middle of the corn fields. It's like a little slice of Heaven right here on Earth," said Clark Haken, the director of Atlas of Osceola County, as he sat with the man who created the gardener's delight. A retired farmer, Hulstein has been perfecting his outdoor oasis for 21 years.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Between them, Kevin Berkland of Sibley and Becca Fischer of Ashton, Iowa, earned five trips to the Iowa State Fair -- and that was before either of them had exhibited their animals in the livestock shows. 4-H non-livestock projects were judged on Tuesday, with livestock projects brought in Wednesday morning at the Osceola County Fair in Sibley.
ADRIAN -- Half an hour into the first afternoon of Art Camp at Adrian Elementary School Tuesday, Cheyanne Bos of Rushmore held up her hands to show shades of red, yellow and blue paint splattered all over her palms, fingers and thumbs. It was just what the 9-year-old had expected when she signed up for the three-day Art Camp, spearheaded by the Nobles County Integration Collaborative.
WORTHINGTON -- Habitat for Humanity volunteer Don Basche stood on a newly laid piece of roof sheeting and watched as Dan Wagner worked the nail gun Monday afternoon on Worthington's newest Habitat for Humanity house. Work on the project began in earnest in early June, with Schmidt Excavating digging the footings. After that, Groninga Construction poured the cement flooring, Nau Construction did the framing and set the rafters, Lloyd Robertson and Curt Pietz helped with the interior walls and Jeff Rogers, Rolf Mahlberg and Doug Anton helped get half the roof in place.
LUVERNE -- After 18 months and more than $4 million, the renovations are nearly complete on the Galleries on the Rock County Courthouse Square. A ribbon cutting and grand opening are just one week away. The dedication of the century-old building and former Rock County Jail will include the unveiling of the official name for the center, according to Jane Wildung Lanphere, executive director of the Luverne Area Chamber of Commerce. Several individuals from Luverne's past and present will be the guests of honor during the dedication ceremony, which is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m.
WORTHINGTON -- For the second time in four years, the 4-H members of DeWitt County, Texas, and Nobles County are sharing in a 4-H Interstate Exchange. The exchange program has a long history in Nobles County -- going back several decades.
WORTHINGTON -- Thanks to a collaboration between JBS and its union, U.F.C.W.
11:36 p.m. WORTHINGTON -- A trained weather spotter reported a tornado on the ground three and a half miles southwest of Fulda shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday, prompting a tornado warning to be issued for northeastern Nobles, southern Cottonwood, northwestern Jackson and southeastern Murray counties.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a request seeking $400,000 in grant dollars to reestablish a juvenile detention facility and programming in Worthington. Nobles County Family Services Administrator Mary Fischer said the grant, if received, would be split over two years and would fund a large share of the estimated $280,000 annual staffing costs for the program. Among the services she outlined include secure detention, in-patient and out-patient chemical dependency, behavioral programming and shelter. "Once we get the program up and running ...