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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JEFFERS — A yellowed newspaper clipping neatly folded and featuring the handwritten date of Nov. 27, 1919 is headlined: “Cottonwood County Pioneer Passes Away.” This is just one of the items Ray and Diane Potter have to help them share the story of their newly designated century farm in rural Amboy Township, Cottonwood County.
BEAVER CREEK — William Stegemann was just 16 years old when he left his family in Bülkau, Germany and set out for America on his own. He had $10 in his pocket, a trunk filled with possessions and a train ticket to Hull, Iowa, according to his grandson and namesake, William E. “Bill” Stegemann. It’s believed the elder Stegemann had lined up work with a farmer near Hull, but when things didn’t work out, he found a job with another farmer.
WORTHINGTON — Grassroots Community Theatre is bringing Ivan Menchell’s “The Cemetery Club” to stage in Worthington, with performances planned nightly July 12-14 at the Minnesota West Community & Technical College’s Fine Arts Theater. A poignant dramedy — part drama, part comedy — the show first performed by Grassroots Community Theatre (GCT) in 2004 will have guests tearing up at times, and laughing until they cry at others, assures Director Mary Jane Mardesen.
WINDOM — Bare land took the shape of a homestead, horses were replaced by tractors and implements eased the workload for everything from planting to harvest. Yet over the course of 100 years, one thing remained constant on the Wittrock-Swenson farm in Heron Lake Township, Jackson County. Rock picking.
RUSHMORE — From cattle and pigs to tractors and drones — and of course, free pancakes, burgers and chips — Nobles County farm families are ready to showcase modern agricultural production during the Nobles County Farm Bureau’s Breakfast on the Farm.
WORTHINGTON — In early March 2017, Dennis Selberg was at the Center for Active Living in Worthington to play a game of pickleball when a couple of his fellow players convinced him to go to the emergency room. Selberg hadn’t been feeling well for months — since late 2016. He wasn’t necessarily in pain, but he was making more frequent trips to the restroom. Though he noticed some blood in his urine, his regular doctor thought it might be a kidney infection.
WORTHINGTON — The 22nd annual Nobles County Relay for Life is sporting a new day, new time and new location this year, as the event to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those who have lost their fight and honor all who have been touched by the disease opens at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at Worthington’s Chautauqua Park, 418 Lake Ave.
ELLSWORTH — From competitions, to crafts, to cook-offs and a carnival, the little town of Ellsworth will be bustling with its annual Family Fun Days this weekend. There will be Bingo games, a kids pedal pull, scavenger hunt, bean bag tournament, ribs and loins cook-off and Cow Pie Bingo for those who like a little competition, and plenty to see and do if you just want to be an observer.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday granted a resolution to incorporate a summary of watercourses into the Nobles County Comprehensive Local Water Management Plan. The action was taken after discussion at both a work session and previous board meeting in which some commissioners questioned whether the summary would provide the state with a list of unbuffered waters that could lead to an expanded buffer mandate.
WORTHINGTON — A Sioux Falls, S.D.-based company will seek a conditional use permit from Nobles County to construct a rail-to-truck transloading facility northwest of Org in Worthington Township. Clark Meyer, president of Rail to Road, Inc., and the operator for the Buffalo Ridge Regional Rail Authority (BRRA) line that stretches across Rock and into Nobles counties, will go before the Nobles County Planning Commission June 27 to talk about the project.