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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ELLSWORTH — After spending two college J-terms teaching abroad — first in Haiti and then in the Dominican Republic — Abby Drenth knew she wanted to use her skills as an elementary teacher to help the less fortunate in other parts of the world. If she had to choose a place by looking at a world map, though, it wouldn’t have been the island of Aunu’u — for the simple reason she couldn’t find it on a map of the world.
WORTHINGTON — For nearly a year and a half, Jennifer Solt has had to be quite selective of what she could display in her small shop in the former bus depot along Worthington’s Diagonal Road. Well, no more. Solt has purchased the former Center Sports building at 316 10th St., in downtown Worthington, and will relocate Threads and Decor LLC., her upscale consignment shop, to the new location this weekend. She plans to open for business downtown on Wednesday.
BREWSTER — At half the size of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., The Moving Wall has traveled across the country for more than 30 years, bringing the history of the Vietnam War and its military dead to big cities and small towns.
Ambulance WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Ambulance was dispatched at 7:20 p.m. Monday to Humiston Avenue for an adult male having a seizure. BREWSTER — The Worthington Ambulance was dispatched to the 19400 block of Town Avenue for a female with low blood sugar. WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Ambulance was dispatched at 9:22 a.m. Tuesday for a female in pain.
RUSHMORE — He was born in Grundy County, Iowa; she emigrated with her parents from East Friesland, Germany, at age 4. They met when both settled near Rushmore and attended Sunday services at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church. Brown and Stena Heidebrink married in that Rushmore church March 16, 1911, and farmed in the area until they purchased a farm of their own in the northeast quarter of Section 15, Ransom Township, in 1917. The purchase price was $100 per acre.
MAGNOLIA — Elizabeth Doherty was one of J.J. Welsh’s 36 nieces and nephews to inherit property following her uncle’s death in 1948. Considered to be an investor in land, Welsh owned parcels in Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota and Montana. “He was just that kind of guy,” said Paul Doherty, a great-great-nephew of Welsh and grandson of Elizabeth. Paul and his wife, Pat, now own the acreage and a 60-acre tract that make up a portion of the Doherty century farm southwest of Magnolia.
BEAVER CREEK — Peter Fick was just 16 years old when he embarked on a journey across the Atlantic Ocean in 1891, leaving his family behind in Cadenberge, Germany, in hopes of finding prosperity in America.
COMFREY — When the price of land rent rose to $4 per acre around Chapin, Iowa, Herman Hoek went in search of a farm of his own — a search that took him to new territory in southwest Minnesota. Herman purchased a quarter section in Cottonwood County in the spring of 1917 and spent the summer working the land and growing oats while his wife and son remained near Chapin.
WESTBROOK — While most of Minnesota’s newest century farms have been in the hands of farm families for 100 years — or slightly more — a rural Murray County farm has been cared for by the Chapman family since the early 1880s. George Chapman, his wife, Lucy, and their children lived in east central Iowa in 1880, but George was determined to stake a land claim of his own. His only option to settle unclaimed land, he figured, was in the Dakotas, so he set out across the plains with his horse and wagon.