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 -- 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.
WORTHINGTON -- Sarah Jacobs was named the Worthington High School FFA Star Entrepreneur, while Nicole Burkard was recognized as the Star Placement award winner during the chapter's annual FFA Banquet Monday night in Worthington. The evening was filled with highlights of the past FFA year, and numerous awards and scholarships were presented. Paul Rogers and Jim Kolander were selected as the Honorary FFA Degree recipients this year for the work they have done to further the local program. Stephanie Behrens was honored as the Star Greenhand, an award that is given out each year to a freshman F
WORTHINGTON -- Khambao Thonglyvong was a young teenage girl when soldiers in the communist regime stormed into her family's home in Laos and took her dad away from them. That was the beginning of a journey that uprooted this family of four, left them struggling for survival and, several years later, ended happily with a reunion in a Thailand refugee camp. Thonglyvong said her dad had been missing for about a year when the family received word that he had escaped from his captors and made his way into Thailand, where refugee camps were filled with hundreds, even thousands, of people who had e