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 Robyn Silver moved into the home once belonging to her parents last summer, she was faced with the daunting task of cleaning up all that was amassed during George and Marjorie Johnson’s 60 years of life together. It didn’t help that she moved her own household collections into the mix.
LUVERNE — As Warren Herreid II read the names of departed members of Glen’s Coffee Clique Last Man Club Saturday evening in Luverne, the Last Two Men — Helmer “Haaky” Haakenson and LeRoy Luitjens — solemnly stood with their decorated VFW Post 2757 hats and listened as a bell tolled for each of their friends and comrades.
WORTHINGTON — The iron sand filter constructed this fall on the former Prairie View Golf Links property isn’t working properly and it’s not clear who is to blame — the engineers who ordered the materials or the contractor who built it to specifications. During a meeting of the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District’s board of managers Tuesday, OOWD Administrator Dan Livdahl said water isn’t getting through the layer of sand to reach the pipes that will carry it downstream.
LUVERNE — Since 2010, members of the Glen’s Coffee Clique Last Man Club have gathered for a special ceremony on Veterans Day to honor their comrades — the veterans who answered the call of duty and served in World War II. Today, just two of the club’s 24 members remain; and tonight, they’re going to twist the cap off a bottle of bourbon and toast to their fallen friends.
WORTHINGTON — Tom Rogers chuckles a bit when he says he’s lived a life of mistakes — but not when it came to purchasing his retirement home.
WORTHINGTON — After spending nearly two and a half hours listening to reports from an engineer, a ditch viewer and landowners regarding a petition for improvements to County Ditch 11, Nobles County commissioners — acting as the ditch authority — voted for a recess and continuation of the meeting until next month.
ADRIAN — Nobles County 4-H’ers were honored during the organization’s annual Achievement Banquet Saturday evening in Adrian. The awards program began with the presentation of the Business Friend of 4-H, given this year to the Veterinary Medical Center. Veterinarian Sara Barber accepted the plaque on behalf of the VMC. Moments later, Barber’s mother, Sue Rose, was presented the Friend of 4-H Award for her volunteerism to the organization over the past three decades.
WORTHINGTON — With combines across the region still working through fields of corn, farmers have found it slow going as they harvest what appears to be another bumper crop. Rural Bigelow farmer Matt Russell wrapped up harvest late last week. He said corn yields are about 10 percent better than last year, while soybean yields were slightly lower, though still good at 50 to 65 bushels per acre.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday approved a contract amendment between the Nobles County Jail and Mend Correctional Care to increase medical services at the jail. When the contract was written in 2012, the average daily population at the jail was 34 inmates. In 2016, it increased to 51; the average daily population this year is closer to 70.
WORTHINGTON — The proposed replacement of a 105-year-old ditch system in Nobles County drew ire among several landowners during a public informational meeting Friday morning in Worthington.