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 -- Darla DeKam of Worthington trudged through the snow and wind and cold for three days last week before finally discovering the first-ever hidden holiday ornament in the Magic of Christmas Medallion Hunt. DeKam pulled the small, painted wooden disk from a shrub shortly after 7 a.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners approved a 3.9 percent levy increase for 2009 and set the county's annual budget at $25,482,913 during its Tuesday morning meeting. The budget includes more than $1 million in program aid, which County Administrator Mel Ruppert said is in question considering the state's economic woes. A more immediate concern, however, is that the county may not receive its $580,000 allotment of County Program Aid from the state at the end of the year. Ruppert said Gov. Tim Pawlenty could decide to unallot the funds before Dec.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners approved a 3.9 percent levy increase for 2009 and set the county's annual budget at $25,482,913 during its Tuesday morning meeting. The budget includes more than $1 million in program aid, which County Administrator Mel Ruppert said is in question considering the state's economic woes. More immediate, however, is the concern that the county may not receive its $580,000 end- of-the-year allotment of County Program Aid from the state. Ruppert said Gov. Tim Pawlenty could decide to unallot the funds before Dec.
WORTHINGTON -- Less than five months after a community ad hoc group was formed to address teen pregnancy in Worthington, the No Sex, Safe Sex Coalition has identified its mission and is preparing to seek funding for its cause. Spearheaded by Nobles-Rock Community Health Services, the coalition of 23 members includes representatives of Worthington School District 518, both the Avera and Sanford clinics, agencies that work with pregnant teens, law enforcement and community members. The mission of the No Sex, Safe Sex Coalition is to reduce the number of teen pregnancies by encouraging abstinen
WORTHINGTON -- In the last few months, Jon Bloemendaal has seen the bottom fall out of the recycling market in Murray County -- and it's a problem witnessed at recycling centers all across the country as the nation continues to experience economic woes. Bloemendaal, who manages Murray County's recycling program, said he's seen cardboard prices drop from $120 per ton in April to about $25 per ton today.
WORTHINGTON -- It is a rarity these days for someone to work in the same profession for more than 20 years, but Worthington resident Loren Goettsch has defied the odds. For the past 65 years, he has labored in road construction -- mostly driving a motor grader to smooth out township gravel roads and to prepare aggregate for blacktop or concrete surfaces. "Some of the streets (in Worthington), it's been the third time I've worked on them," he said. At age 82, Goettsch officially parked the motor grader this fall.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Courtney Scott isn't easily surprised. This, her boyfriend knows. But on a clear November day, it was Andrew Krogman who successfully pulled the wool over his girl's eyes and, in the end, she had an engagement ring on her finger. To this day, she doesn't remember if she put it there or if he did -- it's all kind of a blur. What they will remember for a lifetime, however, is the proposal. "I wanted to do something really special -- it took some thinking," said Krogman.
ELLSWORTH -- Firefighters from Ellsworth and Adrian combined efforts Wednesday night to battle a barn blaze on the Steve Hinrichs farm near Ellsworth. Nine horses and a dog were lost in the fire, including horses owned by other individuals, said Hinrichs on Thursday. The Ellsworth Fire Department was paged at 6:40 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Safety and mobility are two of the top reasons the Minnesota Department of Transportation likes roundabouts, and that is why they are now proposing another one to be constructed in Worthington's city limits during the three-phase expansion of U.S. 59/Minnesota 60. During an open house in Worthington on Tuesday, MnDOT maps spanning several tables depicted in full color the proposed four-lane highway from the Bigelow bypass to Interstate 90 in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday authorized bid specifications for the proposed third-floor renovation of the Nobles County Government Center. Steve Robinson of SEH (Short Elliott Hendrickson) presented an estimate of $232,000 Tuesday for demolition and renovation of the third floor, which will result in swapping space between the Nobles-Rock Community Health Services and Nobles County Administration offices. Moving the administration offices adjacent to the commissioners' board room will allow for an additional exit to be created.