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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JACKSON -- Only once during his 30-year career in the Army Reserves has Robert O'Connor been deployed to an area outside the United States. That is about to change. The Jackson County Attorney received mobilization orders that will take him to Iraq within a few months for what will be his longest deployment. His scheduled June 1 retirement has been pushed back indefinitely. O'Connor, who has risen to the ranks of colonel in the Army Reserves, now works as a civil affairs officer.
WORTHINGTON -- Despite what national media outlets are saying about home sales across the country, local realtors are seeing continued strength in the market. In the first 11 months of 2008, there were 124 home sales within the city of Worthington, according to Byron Swart, Nobles County Assessor.
WORTHINGTON -- Despite what national media outlets are saying about home sales across the country, local realtors are seeing continued strength in the market. In the first 11 months of 2008, there were 124 home sales within the city of Worthington, according to Byron Swart, Nobles County Assessor. That compares to 164 homes sold within the community during the same time period in 2007.
WORTHINGTON -- While crop prices were on a roller-coaster ride in 2008, the price paid for agricultural land in the region is somewhere between a slight incline or a leveling off, depending on who you talk to in the business. According to Nobles County Assessor Byron Swart, more ag land traded hands this year than in recent memory, with 24 sales recorded from January through September alone.
WORTHINGTON -- With 27 licensed family child care providers in the city of Worthington, 26 of which accept infants, new and expecting parents are still finding it difficult to find placement for their little bundle of joy. According to Karen DeBoer, director of the Southwest Child Care Resource and Referral program at the Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council, the first six months of 2009 show just one infant opening per month among the community's licensed providers.
WORTHINGTON -- Christmas arrived a little early for members of the Worthington Fire Department Tuesday night, when the 14-year-old ladder truck they purchased for their fleet rolled into town. The truck, originally owned by a department in New York State, arrived from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus in Union Grove, Ala., after being refurbished. The local fire department had been saving up for the purchase for nearly 30 years, with all of the $316,000 price tag covered by its equipment revolving fund.
WORTHINGTON -- While southwest Minnesota hasn't experienced the massive layoffs and business closings that seem to make the national headlines on a daily basis, the number of jobseekers are increasingly outnumbering the jobs available in the region. The trend has been moving in that direction for several months, according to Rich Mauer, site manager for the Minnesota Workforce Center in Worthington. Still, with a November unemployment rate of 4.5 percent in Nobles County, the job market is better than the 6 percent statewide unemployment rate. "Except for Bayliner (in Pipestone), we really
WORTHINGTON -- Several families from Worthington and the surrounding area received early Christmas gifts in recent days, thanks to the generosity of Ben and Krista Petersen, owners of Slumberland in Worthington. The furniture retailer each year offers a Homes for the Holidays promotion in which it gives mattresses and bed frames to people in need. This year, the local Slumberland store had 20 beds to give away, including eight full-size mattresses, box springs and metal frames and 12 twin-size sets. "This will be our third time that we've done it," said Ben Petersen on Monday afternoon.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners were awarded the first-ever County Conservation Award during the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) annual conference a week ago in Duluth. The award, sponsored by AMC and the Board of Water and Soil Resources, recognizes the county's leadership, innovation and excellence in protecting and improving natural resources. The award is based on the county's collaboration with local watershed districts and the Soil and Water Conservation District on the development and implementation of a water management plan. A shared water plan has existed in the
WORTHINGTON -- Westminster Presbyterian Church in Worthington will be the host site for a new feeding ministry set to begin in mid-January in the community to assist the homeless. The Bread of Life feeding ministry will be offered as a noon meal once each week, either on Saturday or Sunday. Nearly half a dozen local groups and organizations have already offered to sponsor and prepare a meal, according to Jan Johnson Ojinnaka of the Nobles County Housing and Community Needs committee. The first meal will be served either Jan. 17 or Jan.