Julie Buntjer joined the 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 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 farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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SLAYTON -- The family of Allen Nasers will host a hog roast benefit on Saturday to assist with Allen's medical bills. He was diagnosed with colon cancer just two days before Christmas and will begin radiation treatments Monday at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. The benefit will include a free-will donation supper, silent auction and raffle from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Bigelow Fire Hall, 1537 Broadway, Bigelow. Nasers, who does not have health insurance, grew up on a farm near Bigelow and now farms in the Slayton area.
WORTHINGTON -- After meeting with agencies who provide mental health and chemical dependency services within the five-county area served by the Southwestern Mental Health Center, Brian McInerney presented the results of a needs assessment to Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday. Commissioners requested the assessment before plans for a new mental health facility are finalized in Worthington. "If you can move toward a vertical integration of providers, usually everyone ends up getting served a bit better," said McInerney, adding that there is "a pretty good range" of support services in the
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County Integration Collaborative celebrated a milestone on Monday afternoon with an open house and brief program about the agency. It was 10 years ago that the collaborative opened its doors -- the result of a state directive that districts with a proportionately larger population of ethnically diverse residents establish a desegregation plan. In the last decade, the collaborative has grown in both size and scope, while continuing to address its original mission to unite people of all ethnic backgrounds. Sharon Johnson has served as NCIC's coordinator for the past
KINBRAE -- More than half of the residents of Kinbrae gathered at the local supper club Tuesday night to discuss the possibility of unincorporating. They were joined by the Graham Lakes Township supervisors and several representatives from Nobles County. Kinbrae, with a population of eight, failed to elect either a mayor or a town clerk during the 2008 general election last November.
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation Inc. has hired Robert Demuth Jr. as its executive director. Demuth, who started in his new post earlier this month, has an office inside the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, 1121 Third Ave. "We needed some leadership -- a dedicated amount of time to lead the organization into the future," said Jason Vote, WRHCF chair.
WORTHINGTON -- When Col. Leo Thorsness returned home in 1973 after six years in captivity in Vietnam, several of his fellow prisoners of war signed on with book publishers to share their story of war and torture at the hands of the enemy. Thorsness wasn't one of them. He went on to marry, have a family and even grandchildren before deciding to write his memoir of war.
WORTHINGTON -- A Rushmore teen organized a luncheon for more than 70 women, invited local businesses to promote their products and offered guests a chance to tour the historic Dayton House in downtown Worthington Saturday -- all to earn the highest honor available to a Girl Scout, the Gold Award. Whitney Behrens logged more than the required 65 hours of independent work that goes into earning the Gold Award, taking steps that focus on creating, building, exploring, gathering information and serving her community.
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.