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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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.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa -- There may be a heat wave rolling through southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa this week, but by the time the weekend rolls around, it truly will feel like winter once again -- just in time for the Okoboji Winter Games. Several new events are planned for this, the 29th annual event in the Iowa Great Lakes, including hot air balloons -- weather dependent, of course. While events get under way at 9 a.m. Friday, the official kick-off to the winter games is the annual chili cook-off, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
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.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners will move forward with a request for bids to remodel the third floor of the Nobles County Government Center in Worthington, but the work may be put on hold in light of the current economic downturn. The remodeling project would include replacing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, moving administration offices adjacent to the board room and providing more space for the public health offices.
WORTHINGTON -- The owners of a Worthington motel treated for the presence of bedbugs in mid-December want to ensure the public that they have taken every step possible to eliminate the pests from their rooms. Dipesh Patel said four complete bed sets were purchased to replace the mattresses and box springs in the affected room, as well as two adjoining rooms at the Sunset Inn, 1923 Dover St. The affected bed sets were destroyed. Carpets were shampooed, furniture was removed and treated, and the room was fumigated in immediate response to the Dec. 16 report, Patel said.