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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WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County landowners have several opportunities to help protect marginal farming ground through programs offered by the Farm Service Agency and the Soil and Water Conservation District. Opportunities such as the Conservation Reserve Program and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program II allow producers to get paid to take marginal land out of production. The FSA office is now conducting a re-enrollment and extension sign-up for producers. Eleven producers in Nobles County qualify for the re-enrollment option, while one qualifies for an extension.
WORTHINGTON -- Crop producers, landowners, assessors and realtors have a new and improved tool when it comes to placing a value on farming ground in Minnesota. For years, offices such as the Natural Resource Conservation Service and Soil and Water Conservation District have maintained written records on the soil types and topographical maps of land within the county.
LAKEFIELD -- When Kelli Daberkow of Lakefield was accepted into the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) program 18 months ago, she had no idea the experience would take her to China. Daberkow, one of 31 participants in MARL III, returned home Wednesday from the 14-day international trip.
WORTHINGTON -- Most people, at one time in their life, have felt like an outcast.
WORTHINGTON -- For the first time since its inception, a Worthington High School student has been named a state finalist in the Triple A Awards program. Chad Vaske, a WHS senior, will represent the school and Region 2AA at the state recognition banquet in Minneapolis March 25. The Triple A Awards were developed in 1988 to honor students who excel in the areas of academics, athletics and fine arts.
LITTLE ROCK, Iowa -- Ryan Odens has two goals this year -- to travel to every state in the U.S., and to coax farm implement manufacturer John Deere into becoming a corporate sponsor for Easter Seals. Those goals may sound lofty to most, but are especially so for Odens, who nearly six years ago suffered injuries so severe he was told by doctors numerous times he would never walk again. If there's one thing this 29-year-old farmer from Little Rock has learned, it's that one should never say never. That message will travel with Odens throughout this year as he fulfills his role as the 2006 Adu
WORTHINGTON -- The actual number of jobs in bioscience may be small compared to those available in other industries, but the research and work performed in the field has a far-reaching impact. That was one of the messages Dale Wahlstrom delivered to visitors of the Second Annual Regional Biosciences Conference Friday morning at Worthington Senior High School. Wahlstrom is employed by Minneapolis-based Medtronic and serves as chairman of the executive committee for BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota.
SLAYTON -- Members of the Shetek Area Water and Sewer (SAWS) Commission received a little good news Thursday afternoon, as Bolton & Menk engineers opened the bid envelopes for the proposed centralized sewer system around Lake Shetek, Lake Sarah and Bloody Lake. The bid process was split into two separate projects -- the completion of a wastewater collection system and construction of wastewater stabilization ponds. Three contractors submitted bids on the two-part collection system project, which had been estimated by Bolton & Menk engineers to cost approximately $11 million.
OKABENA -- You can call it a fund-raiser, a space maker or a source of entertainment, but one thing is for sure, the Okabena Fire Department is using unconventional means to deal with a piece of excess property. Les Ruthenbeck has been on the local fire department in this small Jackson County community for just two years, but he's even more of a rookie when it comes to the online auction house, eBay. Still, when it came to finding a buyer for the department's 1949 KB-5 International Harvester fire truck, Ruthenbeck stepped up to the plate and opened the bidding to the wide world of auction e
LUVERNE -- As administrator of the Minnesota Veterans Home, Pam Barrows didn't need to see the results of a consultant's report to know she has the quality staff and programming in place to serve the filled-to-capacity facility. Yet, knowing the Luverne site ranks near the top is something to be proud of. A review of the state's five veterans' homes was conducted at the request of Gov.