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 — Recent rains have brought a flourish to local gardens, which means the farmers market is ready to open for the season. Starting Tuesday, the Downtown Worthington Farmers Market will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. on the lot between the Worthington Fire Hall and Wells Fargo, along Second Avenue. The market will be open every Tuesday through October, with the Saturday Farmers Market opening July 1 in the Schwalbach Ace Hardware parking lot. That market is open from 6:30 a.m. to noon each Saturday.
WORTHINGTON — After several visits with then-Sen. Mark Dayton in Washington, D.C., and even more trips to St. Paul during the past four years with Dayton’s reign as governor, board members of the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System had a short drive on Friday. In a brief morning visit to Worthington, Gov. Mark Dayton met with the LCRWS board and then hosted a press conference celebrating the final piece of funding to complete expansion of the Lewis & Clark water pipeline to Worthington.
BIGELOW — Southwestern Minnesota Habitat for Humanity (H4H) hopes to build its next home in Bigelow as early as next year, but the organization needs to raise money to make the project a reality.
LUVERNE — From hosting the red carpet premier of Ken Burns’ documentary “The War” to its welcoming Herreid Military Museum and recognition as Minnesota’s first Purple Heart City, Luverne has long honored its military veterans. Now, a Walking Military Memorial has been created in downtown Luverne business storefronts to draw attention to the men, women and even canines who have fought for America’s freedoms — from World War I to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
LUVERNE — Gov. Mark Dayton’s recent signature on a state bonding bill should pave the way for Blue Mounds State Park in Luverne to get access to a new water source, but a question remains: how long will it take? This is the fourth summer visitors to the state park will have to rely on bottled water for drinking, cooking and handwashing — and use of the Luverne Aquatic and Fitness Center for showers — since E. coli bacteria was first discovered in the park’s water system in late May 2014.
WORTHINGTON — While participants in the 2017 Worthington Windsurfing Regatta hope to catch some wind for their sails, those taking part in the annual Regatta Bike Ride won’t mind at all if they get an extra push from Mother Nature along the route. This marks the 11th year of the annual Regatta Bike Ride, and organizer Kenton Meier is hoping for nice weather next Saturday for bicyclists taking part on one of the four routes identified for the ride.
WORTHINGTON — Still on a high after seeing one of his songs taken to the top of the country music charts in April, singer-songwriter Josh Thompson is excited to hit the road for the summer season and share his work hard-play hard way of life with fans across the country.
WORTHINGTON — For the past dozen years, The Globe has hosted the annual Regatta Chair Auction to raise funds for various local charities from the Freedom Veterans Memorial to the Worthington Hospice Cottage, Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota, Love INC and other worthy ventures. This year, in memory of Ken Moser, former president of the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival, proceeds will go to support one of Moser’s great causes, CCSI.
WORTHINGTON — Public meetings are planned in Adrian and Rushmore next week for residents to meet the new managers of the shortline railroad that passes through Rock and Nobles counties.
WORTHINGTON — Months after receiving a request from landowner Jesse Drost to outlet a tile into Consolidated Judicial Ditch 1 in Bigelow Township, Nobles County \commissioners on Tuesday, acting as the Ditch Authority, granted the request on a 3-2 vote.