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 -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday tabled a request to hire a summer intern for the county's 4-H program, due in part to the expected shortfall in state aid funds. Worthington Regional Extension director Holli Arp said the intern would work in the Nobles County Extension Office approximately 400 hours be-tween June 8 and Aug. 21. The job would include assisting with summer programming, from day camps to the county fair, having some clerical duties and helping with pre-fair judging events. "That extra person during fair is critical," Arp told board members.
LUVERNE -- The Rock County Hall of Fame features the names of World War II fighter pilot Quentin Aanenson, renowned wildlife and nature photographer Jim Brandenburg and broadcast journalist Cedric Adams. Now, members of the Rock County Historical Society are hoping to add another name to the list. The historical society hasn't opened nominations for the award since 2000, but with an all-school reunion planned for this summer in conjunction with the dedication of the Galleries at the Rock County Courthouse Square, members thought it was time for another induction ceremony. Ben VanderKooi is
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles-Rock Community Health Services board members received an update Wednesday afternoon from sanitarian Jason Kloss on the bedbug infestations found in several Worthington properties in recent weeks. Two of the properties are in the process of being treated, while a third has been treated and all of the mattresses and some furniture were disposed of. Kloss said treating the properties is labor-intensive for pest control specialists, adding that it's a lot of work and there aren't enough people to help. "It's a growing problem," he said of the bedbug issue.
LUVERNE -- The timing couldn't have been better for Hartquist Funeral Home's Engebretson Chapel in Luverne. After making a request more than a year ago, the funeral home has received, on loan, an authentic replica of President Abraham Lincoln's coffin. The coffin will be on display at the Hinkly House Museum in Luverne beginning Thursday, the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. The Hinkly House will be open from 2 to 6 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- The more than $800 billion economic stimulus package being worked out between members of the U.S. House and Senate this week includes nearly $100 billion for proposed infrastructure projects.
RUSHMORE -- She has captured the giggles of babes and the grinning bridegroom through the lens of her Canon, and it is those special moments in life -- the ones that might otherwise be fleeting memories -- that Sarah Noble wants to capture in her photography business, Definition Studio. Since establishing her business last June, Noble has photographed weddings, families, children and nature. She plans to soon delve into senior portraits as well. "I'll shoot anything -- I love getting behind the camera," said Noble.
WORTHINGTON -- If you have ever had to care for an ailing spouse or a special needs child, you undoubtedly are aware of the immense responsibility that comes with being the primary caregiver. A new class aimed at providing caregivers with tools to reduce stress and maintain their own health will begin Feb. 17 in Worthington. The class is offered through District 518 Community Education from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
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