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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ADRIAN — Nobles County 4-H’ers were honored during the organization’s annual Achievement Banquet Saturday evening in Adrian. The awards program began with the presentation of the Business Friend of 4-H, given this year to the Veterinary Medical Center. Veterinarian Sara Barber accepted the plaque on behalf of the VMC. Moments later, Barber’s mother, Sue Rose, was presented the Friend of 4-H Award for her volunteerism to the organization over the past three decades.
WORTHINGTON — With combines across the region still working through fields of corn, farmers have found it slow going as they harvest what appears to be another bumper crop. Rural Bigelow farmer Matt Russell wrapped up harvest late last week. He said corn yields are about 10 percent better than last year, while soybean yields were slightly lower, though still good at 50 to 65 bushels per acre.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday approved a contract amendment between the Nobles County Jail and Mend Correctional Care to increase medical services at the jail. When the contract was written in 2012, the average daily population at the jail was 34 inmates. In 2016, it increased to 51; the average daily population this year is closer to 70.
WORTHINGTON — The proposed replacement of a 105-year-old ditch system in Nobles County drew ire among several landowners during a public informational meeting Friday morning in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON — When children first learn the story of Thanksgiving in school, the lesson usually includes a craft project with construction paper cutouts of pilgrims and cornucopias. At least those are Jay Milbrandt’s early recollections about the men and women who traveled across the Atlantic aboard the Mayflower in November 1620.
BALATON — Less than five months after The trū Shrimp Company announced plans to build its first shrimp harbor in Luverne’s industrial park, the Balaton-based business announced Wednesday it now intends to build its first hatchery in Luverne as well. The result represents a $100 million investment in the community. The two operations will share a campus, and be known as Luverne Bay Harbor and Luverne Cove Hatchery.
LUVERNE — Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne recently welcomed a new addition to its bison herd — a 2-year-old bull that is a descendent of the herd at Yellowstone National Park. The Yellowstone herd has highly sought-after genetics, and Blue Mounds State Park Manager Chris Ingebretsen said Friday the park has been trying to acquire Yellowstone bison genetics for several years.
BALATON — The trū Shrimp Company announced today it intends to build its first hatchery in Luverne, sharing the campus with the planned shrimp production facility, Luverne Bay Harbor.
WORTHINGTON — A native of Lester Prairie, Mitchell Hartwig is happy to be settling into his first post-college career in rural Minnesota. Hartwig began his duties as an environmental specialist with the Nobles County Environmental Services department Oct. 9. His primary job duties include serving as the county’s feedlot officer and noxious weed inspector, though he will soon add septic system compliance work following the necessary training.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners had a lengthy discussion during their Tuesday morning work session about replacement of the paved road on the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington. The pavement that extends from Stower Drive north to the grandstand is in need of replacement, particularly the southernmost stretch leading up to the ice arena.