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 — From bouncing on inflatables to soaring over the city in a helicopter, King Turkey Day activities will abound around the Government Center square next week. A 12-member committee of volunteers was tasked with finding fun things for kids, teens and families to take in during the city’s largest annual festival.
WORTHINGTON — A retired art teacher who taught everything from art history and ceramics to design theory and photography has found her niche in transforming the nature that surrounds her into colorful quilted masterpieces. Joanne Alberda finds inspiration all around her hometown of Sioux Center, Iowa — from the coffee shop to the city park. She’s been so busy in retirement that she can boast the completion of her “80 by 80” — 80 pieces of art made in the 80th year of her life.
WORTHINGTON — The 2018 King Turkey Day speaker won’t have time to give his entire life story during his 20-minute speech next Saturday. Attendees, however, will come face to face with a man who has triumphed over adversity by giving his life to God to be able to serve others. Duane Drost grew up on a farm southeast of Rushmore and would have been a 1978 Worthington High School graduate if he hadn’t dropped out in the ninth grade.
WORTHINGTON — In a unanimous vote, Nobles County commissioners decided Tuesday to join PrimeWest Health, a county-based purchasing program that provides health-related services to residents who qualify for medical assistance. The action means the county will pay an estimated $1.87 million into PrimeWest within the next two years.
WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Library Board is seeking more commitment from the county as it remains hopeful of expanding to meet the growing demand for library services. During Wednesday morning’s commissioner work session, Library Director Clint Wolthuizen and Library Board member Kathy Craun asked the board to consider earmarking $75,000 a year for each of the next 10 years to create a fund for a new or renovated library building in the city of Worthington.
WORTHINGTON — As Nobles County commissioners scrutinize budgets prior to setting the county’s not-to-exceed levy in mid-September, department heads plead their case for some of the larger expenditures outlined in their budget during a Wednesday morning board work session.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening appeared before commissioners during Wednesday’s work session to explain several items in his 2019 budget, including a requested $12,000 salary increase for himself as well as $10,000 salary increases for Jail Administrator Monette Berkevich and Chief Deputy Chris Dybevick.
WORTHINGTON — For the second time in the 63-year history of the Worthington-Crailsheim student exchange, a second generation exchange student is in this community’s midst. Liss Huss arrived in Worthington Aug. 9 and will spend the next year integrating into the community that, 71 years ago, adopted Crailsheim and helped its residents after the German city was devastated near the end of World War II.
WORTHINGTON — Was someone in your family an obsessive picture taker? Do you have old scrapbooks and albums filled with photographs of family life and happenings passed on to you from previous generations? If so, the Nobles County Historical Society is asking you to share them. Beginning Saturday and continuing through mid-November, the NCHS is sponsoring a photo contest, looking specifically for images depicting Nobles County life between 1930 and 1970.
After the death of my dear, sweet lovable pooch, Molly, in May, the farm became a rather dreary place to visit. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve caught myself before saying, “Wanna go for a walk, Molly?”, or how often I’ve looked at the spot her pet pillow once occupied, expecting to see her watching me. I’m sure it’s been just as, if not more, difficult for my parents, who were her caretakers to the end.