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 — When Nobles County commissioners authorized a landscaping project around the Government Center in downtown Worthington this summer, the goal was to get the project nearly completed between the city’s International Festival in July and King Turkey Day in September. A multitude of rainy days last month, though, has delayed progress, and it’s looking now like the work will not be completed in time for the Sept. 15-16 KTD festivities.
ADRIAN — Approximately 400 head of market-weight hogs were lost during an early morning blaze Tuesday six miles southwest of Adrian. Five fire departments responded to the blaze, which was reported shortly after 2 a.m.
WORTHINGTON — A Worthington man was among 85 veterans to travel to Washington, D.C., last week as part of Midwest Honor Flight’s inaugural trip. Leo Pool, who served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957, was accompanied by his son, John, on the day-long journey that departed from Sioux Falls, S.D., at 5 a.m. Aug. 22 and returned at 8:30 that evening to a crowd of cheering people, including members of the Rolling Thunder motorcycle group.
WORTHINGTON — Members of the Nobles County Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit for Jose Vasquez, Worthington, to store up to 30 vehicles on his site at 19378 Paul Ave.
WORTHINGTON — Nearly 80 people attended public hearings in Worthington and Pipestone this week to offer their input on a water plan that will guide six counties, their soil and water conservation districts and two watershed districts for the next decade.
RUSHMORE — The scar lines that descend from Mark Tiesler’s sternum and veer out along his rib cage may be shaped like a peace sign, but it will take time for Tiesler to be at peace with the new organ working inside his body. The rural Rushmore farmer and truck driver became a liver transplant recipient in June after a nearly three-year battle with health issues brought on by a combination of alcoholism and over-the-counter Naproxen.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday authorized county staff to seek bids for the demolition of structures on three newly designated tax-forfeited parcels. There are five parcels in all that are currently considered tax-forfeited, according to Nobles County Auditor-Treasurer Beth Van Hove. However, structures on two of the properties are still occupied.
WORTHINGTON — Changes are on the horizon for Worthington’s King Turkey Day festivities next month, and the hope is people will embrace the hometown fun. In place of the traditional carnival rides, the KTD board of directors is planning a variety of free activities, from human foosball and knockerball — in which up to 10 people can wear inflatable balls around their torso and participate in team play — to a beanbag tournament, portable escape room and other activities.
WILMONT — Rod Bosma tries to stay grounded — to put his trust in the Lord and believe he will provide — but it gets a little tough sometimes.
WORTHINGTON — Two weeks after Nobles County commissioners discussed a proposal that involved First State Bank Southwest — with Kinetic Leasing of Fargo, N.D., financing a $2.75 million loan to Lismore Cooperative Telephone Co. for completion of a broadband project in the county — the plans have to be tossed out. Nobles County Administrator Tom Johnson announced during Tuesday’s board meeting that issues arose with the lease arrangement that was discussed.