Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At The Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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WORTHINGTON — A financial literacy specialist with the University of Minnesota Extension Service in Nobles County has been honored as one of four recipients of the 2017 Dean’s Distinguished Award. Jose Lamas accepted the award honoring an off-campus program staff member last week from U of M Extension Dean Bev Durgan. Other awards were presented to the distinguished program coordinator, distinguished nutrition educator and on-campus program staff member.
WORTHINGTON — Last year, Worthington’s Pioneer Village welcomed visitors from 38 states and five countries. Often referred to as the Gem on the Prairie, the village is ready for the 2017 travel season with its weekend opening. The village will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Memorial Day, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, with regular hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays through Labor Day.
WORTHINGTON — A trio of attorneys weighing in on a resolution before Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday made it seem like the board room had transformed into a courtroom. The scene was the result of a request from Rinke-Noonan law firm seeking the county’s signature on a waiver of conflict of interest. The waiver was requested because Rinke Noonan attorney Kurt Deter is contracted by Nobles County to serve as counsel on public drainage issues.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday gave final approval to the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District to expand ponds and add a water filtering system on the former Prairie View Golf Links property, but not without first seeking assurances a farmer’s tile lines will be maintained if problems arise.
WORTHINGTON — A collection of more than 200 photographs from Nobles County’s earliest years, from its inception in 1872 to 1940, are included in a newly released book available today at the Nobles County Historical Society Museum in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON — Each year since 1988, the month of May has drawn attention to the nation’s foster care programs — from the people who give of their time to parent a child in need to the continued need for people willing to open their home and help.
WORTHINGTON — From contractors laying carpet to painters adding new color to the walls, Karl’s TV, Audio & Appliance has been bustling with activity in recent weeks as its downtown Worthington location undergoes a facelift inside and out. Manager Wayne Rohrbauck said the project has been talked about for the past few years, and this month provided a good opportunity to get crews in and get the work done.
WORTHINGTON — The Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District received preliminary approval during a Wednesday night Nobles County Planning Commission meeting to move forward with its plans for a water filtration and water quality improvement project on the former Prairie View Golf Links. The request will go before Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday for a final decision.
WORTHINGTON — The number of confirmed cases of measles in Minnesota rose again on Wednesday to 63, with 60 of the cases in children ages 0 to 17. The Minnesota Department of Health reports 53 of the cases are in individuals of Somali descent. The measles outbreak began in Hennepin County, where 53 individuals are now confirmed to have the disease. Four cases are confirmed in Ramsey County, four in Crow Wing County and two in Le Sueur County.
LAKEFIELD — Wind speeds of 50 to 80 miles per hour across southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa early Tuesday morning left area residents picking up the pieces from heavily damaged farm buildings and clearing away downed trees and other debris. At the Arland and Melinda Lubben farm near Brewster, the winds caused a large cattle shed to collapse, killing one 700-pound feeder steer.