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 -- 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
KINBRAE -- One of the oldest, and without a doubt the smallest, city in Nobles County will remain just that -- an incorporated city. The eight residents of Kinbrae recently gathered at the home of Mayor Glen Grunewald, where they successfully filled an open seat on the city council and appointed a city clerk. Had the positions not been filled, residents would have faced the potential dissolving of their city. The decision to remain a city came a few weeks after a Jan.
HARRIS, Iowa -- The Osceola County Conservation Board has been gifted more than 200 acres of land in the last four years, the most recent of which is an 80-acre parcel near Harris that has an estimated value of more than half a million dollars. Ron Spengler, OCCB director, said the land was bequeathed to the board by Rachel Sorenson Forbes, a long-time educator and Osceola County resident who died in February 2007. Spengler said the land is a "generous donation" and will help fund conservation efforts by the OCCB for years to come. "I just can't believe this," said Spengler.
WORTHINGTON -- Southwestern Mental Health Center of Worthington is among 25 Minnesota agencies approved for federal funding in the 2009 omnibus appropriations bill. Nearly $7 million will be coming to Minnesota to help fund veterans, education and health care projects in the state. SWMHC will receive $190,000 to help fund construction of a new mental health facility in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County's Feedlot Officer has received several calls in recent weeks regarding possible violations of the winter application rule for livestock manure. "We basically are responding right now to complaints," said Al Langseth of the Nobles County Environmental Services office, adding that no enforcement actions have been sent out yet this year. "We've had calls with people concerned about water quality issues," said Langseth. "The potential is there for runoff all of the time.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday accepted the low bid on the third floor remodeling of the Nobles County Government Center in Worthington, and will move forward with the project this year. Salonek Concrete and Construction, Inc. of Springfield submitted the low bid for the work, at $153,426. The amount was $78,500 less than the engineer's estimate of $232,000. Steve Robinson of Short Elliot Hendrickson, Inc.
WORTHINGTON -- Abandoned by his Vietnamese mother as a baby and never knowing who his American soldier father was, Duc Tran was treated like an outcast among his peers in Vietnam. They knew he was different, and they treated him horribly because of it. Tran lived with an older woman he fondly refers to as Grandma for about a decade before hitting the streets of Saigon. Homeless and penniless, he spent the next four years scrounging for food and living in fear. "My country's poor. I don't have family, no food," said Tran.
WORTHINGTON -- Neighbors of the proposed sites that will house a 1-million-gallon water tower and a metering system for the expanding Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water project in Nobles County voiced objections to the plans during a two-hour-long meeting of the Nobles County Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night in Worthington. Pat Shorter, who resides directly east of the proposed site for the 200-foot-tall water tower said it will look aesthetically awkward out his back window and may negatively affect his property's value. "The affects to my property are very important to me," said S
WORTHINGTON -- Less than two months after taking ownership of the Northland Mall in Worthington, the new owner was in town on Wednesday to meet with contractors and collect bids on work to revitalize the former K-Mart building. While a contract has yet to be signed with a new tenant for the 40,000-square-foot anchor store, Mike Kohan hopes to move forward with improvements to the building's roof, replace the flooring and update the electrical system. "In order for me to rent it, I really have to work on the roof first," said Kohan.