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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BREWSTER -- Nearly 125 people attended the first of three public meetings Monday night in Brewster to discuss the possibility of the Round Lake-Brewster school district moving to a four-day school week. Additional meetings are planned April 6 in Round Lake and April 13 in Brewster, with the school board expected to make a decision at its April 20 meeting.
WORTHINGTON -- When Aida Simon thinks of her native Eritrea in east Africa, she thinks of tears. Tears shed by a little girl who was always on the run, hiding in homes of family members ... tears shed by a mother who watched as innocent victims were gunned down in the streets ... tears shed for a homeland at war with neighboring Ethiopia. Simon's father was one of the guerillas who started the 35-year civil war with Ethiopia, which meant his entire family was considered a target.
WORTHINGTON -- Three agencies that have received appropriations in the past from Nobles County were on hand during Tuesday morning's county board session to present information about their programs in hopes that funding will again be provided to help with their operational expenses. Robin Weis and Joanne Bartosh spoke on behalf of the Nobles County RSVP program. There are 384 registered volunteers providing service at 62 sites throughout the county.
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.