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 -- While southwest Minnesota hasn't experienced the massive layoffs and business closings that seem to make the national headlines on a daily basis, the number of jobseekers are increasingly outnumbering the jobs available in the region. The trend has been moving in that direction for several months, according to Rich Mauer, site manager for the Minnesota Workforce Center in Worthington. Still, with a November unemployment rate of 4.5 percent in Nobles County, the job market is better than the 6 percent statewide unemployment rate. "Except for Bayliner (in Pipestone), we really
WORTHINGTON -- Several families from Worthington and the surrounding area received early Christmas gifts in recent days, thanks to the generosity of Ben and Krista Petersen, owners of Slumberland in Worthington. The furniture retailer each year offers a Homes for the Holidays promotion in which it gives mattresses and bed frames to people in need. This year, the local Slumberland store had 20 beds to give away, including eight full-size mattresses, box springs and metal frames and 12 twin-size sets. "This will be our third time that we've done it," said Ben Petersen on Monday afternoon.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners were awarded the first-ever County Conservation Award during the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) annual conference a week ago in Duluth. The award, sponsored by AMC and the Board of Water and Soil Resources, recognizes the county's leadership, innovation and excellence in protecting and improving natural resources. The award is based on the county's collaboration with local watershed districts and the Soil and Water Conservation District on the development and implementation of a water management plan. A shared water plan has existed in the
WORTHINGTON -- Westminster Presbyterian Church in Worthington will be the host site for a new feeding ministry set to begin in mid-January in the community to assist the homeless. The Bread of Life feeding ministry will be offered as a noon meal once each week, either on Saturday or Sunday. Nearly half a dozen local groups and organizations have already offered to sponsor and prepare a meal, according to Jan Johnson Ojinnaka of the Nobles County Housing and Community Needs committee. The first meal will be served either Jan. 17 or Jan.
WORTHINGTON -- With the end of the year just two weeks away, the budget for the Nobles-Rock Community Health Services is looking surprisingly better than previously expected. During its board meeting Wednesday afternoon in Worthington, NRCHS director Brad Meyer said the agency is at 95 percent of its budget for expenditures, while revenues are at 97 percent of the budget. "I am very pleased with how the budget is looking at this point ...
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 -- 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. 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.