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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RUSHMORE — Ninety years ago this month, a group of families gathered to pledge their head to clearer thinking, their heart to greater loyalty, their hands to larger service and their health to better living. They called themselves the Rushmore Central Hustlers 4-H Club. This week, the nationwide youth organization is celebrating National 4-H Week, and the Rushmore Central Hustlers are celebrating their honor as the oldest active 4-H club in Nobles County.
WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Board of Adjustment heard two requests for livestock expansion projects Wednesday, and also heard an earful from landowners who say the county should stick to its ordinances. The board, comprised of Nobles County residents, is tasked with hearing requests from landowners seeking special variances from setback requirements.
READING — Dale Solt grew up near the railroad tracks in Mankato, and knows what it’s like to live with noise pollution. But the jake brakes livestock haulers apply when they drive past his place on Nobles County State Aid Highway 9 (McCall Avenue) north of Reading are so extremely loud the noise penetrates his home’s walls and startles him when he’s working outside.
WORTHINGTON — In a tale that will teach you to be careful what you wish for, half a dozen thespians are ready to entertain audiences during three performances of “Til Beth Do Us Part” next week at the Worthington Elks Lodge. The production is bound to produce belly laughs for attendees, according to Grassroots Theatre Director Mary Jane Mardesen.
WORTHINGTON — A new roof and a variety of repair projects at Prairie Justice Center will cost Nobles County approximately $2.3 million this year, but it won’t bring an end to some of the ongoing problems with the 15-year-old facility. During a Wednesday morning work session with county commissioners, construction manager Craig Skorczewski of the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership reported concerns with the through wall flashings above the windows.
ELLSWORTH — In the words of Leroy Mulder’s neighbor, you work with a crop for five months and in five minutes it’s over. Mulder was looking forward to harvesting his early soybean fields this week. He figured it was a real good crop — 60 bushels per acre — but those hopes were crushed when a narrow band of hail went through the Ellsworth area and stretched north of Interstate 90 toward Reading.
WORTHINGTON — The stories of three legendary Latin American women will come alive through music and storytelling during Tres Vidas (Three Lives), a Core Ensemble production to be presented Monday in the Fine Arts theater on the campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington.
WORTHINGTON — Rolf Mahlberg has spent nearly his entire life on the rolling prairie along the shores of Lake Ocheda, south of Worthington. It’s where he learned from his dad, Donald, to protect the water by protecting the soil.
LAKEFIELD — Bratwurst, hot dogs, sauerbraten meatball sandwiches topped with red cabbage slaw, pork loin and chicken are the featured foods with a German flair at Lakefield’s first-ever Oktoberfest celebration next weekend. Spearheaded by Immanuel Lutheran Church as a way to draw the community together, Festmeister Scott Johnson said the event is filled with activities for people of all ages. Oktoberfest runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 30 in Lakefield’s North City Park.
WORTHINGTON — As he campaigns to become the next mayor of Sioux Falls, S.D., Worthington native Paul Ten Haken may have to kiss the cheeks of a few babies. It should come easy, considering he’s already kissed the coarse hairs and wrinkled skin of a turkey.