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 — Visitors to the Nobles County Fair next week in Worthington will be able to walk, stroll, run and roll across a brand new concrete road that stretches from Stower Drive, down the main thoroughfare of the fairgrounds and around the bend at the commercial building to end at the gates to Pioneer Village.
LUVERNE — After a successful introduction at the 2017 county fair, the Rock County 4-H program is launching a repeat of its “Mark That Card” contest this week, asking fairgoers to judge a set of four beef, sheep, swine and goats to see how well they score against the judge. The contest has three divisions — one for Cloverbud 4-H members, another for 4-H youths and an open class contest open to anyone of any age.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday received a report from Sheriff Kent Wilkening and Jail Administrator Monette Berkevich on the number of inmates housed in the jail at the Prairie Justice Center for the past five years, and the related costs and revenues to house those inmates.
ELLSWORTH — Along a quiet gravel road east of Ellsworth, the Timmer farmstead is filled with cows chewing their cud and calves basking in the afternoon sunshine. It’s break time between morning and evening milkings, but for Matt and Polly Timmer and their two sons, 13-year-old Jacob and 7-year-old Aiden, there’s always work to be done.
WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Board of Adjustment on Wednesday evening approved a request from Trent and Jesse Slater, doing business as Slater Brothers Livestock, to construct a total confinement swine finishing barn in the northeast quarter of the southeast quarter of Section 16, Larkin Township.
WORTHINGTON — More than 100 visitors — including some from Canada, Texas, the East Coast and across the Midwest — will be in Worthington this weekend for a gathering of the Sudanese Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society.
YAOUNDE, Cameroon — A Worthington native studying international relations and Russian is spending his summer researching press freedom in the central African country of Cameroon.
WORTHINGTON — Heavy rains and fast-moving waters have caused significant damage to the new spillway built last fall on the former Prairie View golf course northwest of Worthington. Determining who is at fault is something the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District continues to hash out with project engineers, the manufacturer and the contractor.
SIBLEY, Iowa — It will be four more years before the Osceola County Fair celebrates its 150th anniversary, but organizers have already started building interest in the event by launching a barn quilt display. Thus far, 24 mini barn quilts have been completed. They were hung Wednesday morning on the walls of the open class building for all to see when the fair kicks off next Wednesday in Sibley.
FLORENCE, S.C. — Clink, clunk, thud. Clink, clunk, thud. That was the sound Steve Berning’s horseshoes made as they hit their mark and added to his string of ringers during the National Horseshoe Pitching Association World Tournament earlier this week in Florence, S.C.