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 The Farm Bleat.
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SLAYTON — What does an enthusiastic 4-H member do when her county fair just happens to be the same week she packs her bags and moves off to college? Well, for Maggie Heezen, it’s become a juggling act.
WORTHINGTON — There was a swish-swish of paint brushes and rollers, quiet reflection among those tying blankets and steady movements as volunteers filled baskets, bags and backpacks with necessities. On Monday evening, 85 volunteers — ranging in age from young children to seniors — answered the call to help during a community impact event coordinated by Lakeside Church.
WORTHINGTON — A second assessment of the carp population in Worthington’s Lake Okabena — this time including data collected in Sunset Bay — shows there is indeed a high number of the invasive rough fish stirring up trouble in the basins.
WORTHINGTON — The former KidsPeace Prairie Academy could become a new mental health center if everything falls into place. When the Minnesota Legislature authorized $30 million last session to establish six regional mental health centers across the state, leaders in Worthington began touting the space, which is part of the Prairie Justice Center on Worthington’s north side.
WORTHINGTON — With a short list of agenda items, Nobles County commissioners breezed through their business Tuesday morning. An interim use permit was approved for applicant Ryan Henning — doing business as Henning Construction Inc., Adrian — and landowners John and Gloria Widboom Trustees and Matt Widboom to stockpile gravel, asphalt and concrete on 10 acres in the northwest quarter of Section 15, Worthington Township.
WORTHINGTON — Since late June, water quality and clarity in Worthington’s Lake Okabena has struggled. It isn’t uncommon to see blue-green algae blooms push toward the shoreline each summer. On Monday, the dead and decaying bacteria — accompanied by its pungent odor — was carried onto the rocks and sand at Sailboard Beach, beached on the boat landing at Ehlers Park and floated along South Shore Drive.
WORTHINGTON — Between 12,000 and 13,000 truckloads of soil and clay are in the process of being hauled out to the Matt Widboom farm north of Worthington this summer. Widboom, working with Mathiowetz Construction, is taking the fill being dug up from the County Ditch 12 flood mitigation project north of Ryan’s Road, and will use the clay and dirt to raise up fields and eliminate low spots on his parcel in the northeast quarter of Section 2, Worthington Township.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County Farm Bureau is celebrating a big birthday this month. The farmer-led organization that works to impact farm policy and programs from the grassroots level to the federal government will mark its 100th birthday in the county, with a meal and annual meeting planned for 11:30 a.m. Aug. 11 at the American Reformed Church, 1720 N. Burlington Ave., Worthington.
WORTHINGTON — Charley Widboom’s heifer calf, Twix, almost didn’t make it to the Nobles County Fair. At age 7, the youngest of the Widboom clan relied on his older brother, Riley, to get the excited calf into the livestock trailer to bring to the fair earlier this week. It’s hard to say whether Twix was enthusiastic to get to the fair, or more anxious to stay at home, but when she took off in a run, Riley lost his grip on the halter and the freed calf headed straight for the corn field.
WORTHINGTON — Tenaska, an Omaha, Neb.-based energy company, is considering Nobles County for the development of a 100- to 200-megawatt solar project. Mike Roth, Tenaska’s director of strategic development and acquisitions, said the company is in the early stages of assessing the feasibility of a solar project in Nobles County and the surrounding area. “We are just starting to reach out to landowners about their potential involvement in the project,” Roth said.