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 — From replacing aging bridges to the potential construction of a roundabout at Oxford Street and Diagonal Road, to paving existing gravel roads in the county road system, Nobles County Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder walked through a lengthy list of potential projects with commissioners during a Tuesday morning work session.
WORTHINGTON — Retired dentist Ed McNiece received more hugs from patients in four days doing oral health care in Antigua, Guatemala, than he ever received from patients during his more than 40-year career in Worthington. Going to the dentist, after all, isn’t something most people here look forward to. But for children and adults who don’t have the luxury of twice-a-year teeth cleanings or emergency care for a throbbing tooth, a visit to the dentist is hug-worthy.
WORTHINGTON — One year after the launch of the JBS Strong program, which encourages healthy lifestyles through diet and exercise among its employees, the local pork processing facility celebrated its first six graduates with a special luncheon and ceremony Wednesday. In addition to honoring the three female and three male graduates, the plant rolled out its new Strong Meal program, in which a healthy breakfast and lunch/dinner option will be highlighted daily in the JBS cafeteria starting Monday.
WORTHINGTON — In a relatively short agenda Tuesday, Nobles County commissioners authorized a $5,000 appropriation to the Worthington Cemetery Association, contingent upon the city of Worthington doing the same to help out the financially strapped cemetery.
HILLS — In the nine months since a new sign-up period for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program began, more than 130 landowners have applied to enroll marginal lands or newly required buffers into the permanent set-aside program.
WORTHINGTON — After nearly seven years, completing numerous online classes and traveling to trainings in three states, Brad von Holdt has earned his platinum certification as a Bobcat technician with Jaycox Implement in Worthington. He said he is one of two in the nation to have earned the highest level of certification through Bobcat.
SIOUX VALLEY — Joe Duggan may have grown up in Minneapolis, but the public hunting grounds of southwest Minnesota are near and dear to his heart. Considered one of Pheasants Forever’s greatest advocates, not only in Minnesota but throughout the nation, Duggan will soon be honored with a Wildlife Management Area that bears his name — the Joe Duggan Family WMA in Jackson County.
RUSHMORE — One of the oldest homes in Rushmore was destroyed in a Monday night blaze that drew firefighters from two departments. The Rushmore Fire Department was dispatched just before 9 p.m. to the corner lot at Third Street and Seney Avenue. Fire Chief Brent Petersen said an electrical fire near the meter on the home’s south side was growing quickly as firefighters arrived.
WORTHINGTON — For 145 years, Worthington Cemetery has relied upon the sale of burial plots and the generosity of its association members to provide a well-groomed home for the departed to rest in peace. Until a few years ago, the combination of burials, lot sales, donations and interest earned from the Worthington Cemetery Association’s $275,000 perpetual care fund was enough to cover expenses for the 21-acre public cemetery on Worthington’s southeast side.
WORTHINGTON — Lewis & Clark Regional Water System Executive Director Troy Larson and Board Chairman Red Arndt were in Washington, D.C., earlier this week to meet with congressional leaders about the need for federal funding for rural water projects.