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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BALATON — Less than five months after The trū Shrimp Company announced plans to build its first shrimp harbor in Luverne’s industrial park, the Balaton-based business announced Wednesday it now intends to build its first hatchery in Luverne as well. The result represents a $100 million investment in the community. The two operations will share a campus, and be known as Luverne Bay Harbor and Luverne Cove Hatchery.
LUVERNE — Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne recently welcomed a new addition to its bison herd — a 2-year-old bull that is a descendent of the herd at Yellowstone National Park. The Yellowstone herd has highly sought-after genetics, and Blue Mounds State Park Manager Chris Ingebretsen said Friday the park has been trying to acquire Yellowstone bison genetics for several years.
BALATON — The trū Shrimp Company announced today it intends to build its first hatchery in Luverne, sharing the campus with the planned shrimp production facility, Luverne Bay Harbor.
WORTHINGTON — A native of Lester Prairie, Mitchell Hartwig is happy to be settling into his first post-college career in rural Minnesota. Hartwig began his duties as an environmental specialist with the Nobles County Environmental Services department Oct. 9. His primary job duties include serving as the county’s feedlot officer and noxious weed inspector, though he will soon add septic system compliance work following the necessary training.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners had a lengthy discussion during their Tuesday morning work session about replacement of the paved road on the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington. The pavement that extends from Stower Drive north to the grandstand is in need of replacement, particularly the southernmost stretch leading up to the ice arena.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — For the second consecutive year, a Windom High School FFA team has garnered a national championship.
LUVERNE — Staffers from Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Tim Walz’s office met with leaders in Luverne Monday to discuss assistance and strategies after Pilgrim’s Pride announced last week it will close its Luverne poultry processing operation Dec. 29, leaving approximately 200 employees without work.
WORTHINGTON — After setting Nobles County’s not-to-exceed levy increase at 5.94 percent in late September, commissioners presented a new budget with a projected 3.13 percent levy increase during a Tuesday morning work session. The further budget cut represents the elimination of all new requests for full-time staff additions, with the exception of a request from the county attorney’s office. The full-time position requested in that office is 100 percent grant-funded.
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — A Rock Rapids, Iowa, family is enjoying the sweet taste of success after launching a homemade ice cream sandwich business on the front lawn of their Carroll Street home in the summer of 2015.
WORTHINGTON — A Son-D-Farms tractor trailer loaded with market weight hogs rolled Friday morning as the driver tried to manuever a Minnesota 60 roundabout in front of JBS. The Minnesota State Patrol, Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, Worthington Police Department, Worthington Fire Department and Worthington Ambulance were dispatched to the scene at approximately 11 a.m.