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 -- After nearly two hours and six attempts, a couple involved in prison ministry from Neenah, Wis. ultimately conceded to the King Turkey Day's annual Arrest-A-Guest tradition Friday noon. Dan and René Brygger are no strangers to Worthington. In fact, they now will be pulling double duty -- lured to town by Rene's 45th class reunion. René, the daughter of Mavis and the late Joel Brown, attended Worthington schools from first through 11th grade. Just before her senior year, her dad -- then working for the Minnesota State Patrol -- was transferred with his job to Mora.
ELLSWORTH -- When John and Barb Reiter stand out on their deck and gaze at the Kanaranzi Creek that flows through their cattle pasture, they can almost envision their ancestors crossing over the land with horse and buggy a century ago. John doesn't know what lured his grandparents to settle on this land off the beaten path west of Ellsworth, but his family certainly enjoys the peace and solitude of country life. The Reiter farm is one of two Nobles County farms to be recognized for 100 years of continuous family ownership this year. John Reiter's grandparents, John and Anna (the
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa -- Tido Reemtsma left his parents, his siblings and his homeland of Groothuizen, Germany, behind in 1883 to embark on an adventure and a promise of land across the Atlantic Ocean in the United States. It isn't known what led him to southwest Minnesota, but a trace of the family's genealogy shows that the woman who would become his bride moved to America from Germany just one year later.
WORTHINGTON -- If the number of area farmers being recognized for 100 years of continuous family ownership is any indication, farms just aren't passing from one generation to the next like they used to. In 2009, there was just one farm in Cottonwood County recognized as a Century Farm.
LUVERNE -- Nobles-Rock Community Health Services Administrator Brad Meyer has taken the message of H1N1 preparedness on the road in recent weeks, visiting with schools, law enforcement and representatives of JBS, the largest employer within Nobles and Rock counties served by the public health agency. During his meeting with the NRCHS board on Wednesday, Meyer said one of the greatest concerns is about the workforce.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- They left their native homeland of Germany with four children -- between the ages of 2 to 8 -- and a fifth child on the way to strike out on a dream in America at the turn of the 20th century. Henry and Catherine Strubbe envisioned a farm on the rich, black soil of northwest Iowa, joining Catherine's sister who had already settled in the region. But building their American dream would take time. The family arrived in Melvin, Iowa, in 1900, finding a farm site to rent from the Wachtel family for those first nine years before they had enough money saved to purchase
WINDOM -- A standing-room-only crowd inside the Windom City Council chambers Tuesday night broke into cheers and applause as Windom Fire Chief Dan Fossing and 27 members of the city's fire department walked single file into the room. They were among nearly 150 people gathered for the meeting to show their support for the volunteer fire chief, whose position was threatened a week ago for disobeying a request not to take a fire truck off city property for personal use.
WORTHINGTON -- The addition of a Guitar Hero competition and big-screen movie during the King Turkey Day events a year ago was so successful that the committee is bringing both back this year. The big screen movie starts at dusk -- approximately 8 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Commissioners set Nobles County's not-to-exceed levy at $9,568,807, reflecting a .6 percent increase over the 2009 levy, during their regular board meeting on Tuesday. The 2010 requested levy came in at $9,357,296, representing a 1.52 percent drop in the 2009 levy.
LUVERNE -- Pancakes, a mini air show, plane rides for the kids, tours of a World War II-era DC-3 and an appearance by the Vanguard Squadron are all on tap for this weekend's celebration and grand reopening of Quentin Aanenson Air Field in Luverne. Darrell Gilmore, owner of Great Plains Avionics Services and fixed base operator at Luverne's airport since May, said the celebration marks the completion of the runway extension and addition of several new lighting features at the airport. Luverne, once home to the shortest municipal runway in Minnesota, completed the expansion project in late Jul