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 — 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.
WORTHINGTON — A tie vote Tuesday evening among Nobles County commissioners and the county auditor-treasurer, acting as the Board of Appeal and Equalization, will result in no change to the property value of a Worthington home, despite a recommendation from the county assessor’s office that the value be lowered. Dennis and Marie Weeks were not present at the meeting, but had communicated with the assessor’s office of their wish to seek further lowering of the valuation on their Elmwood Avenue home.
ROUND LAKE — Jackson-based New Fashion Pork celebrated the groundbreaking for its new $10 million state-of-the-art feed mill in Round Lake Wednesday afternoon. Under cloudy skies, NFP’s owner and CEO Brad Freking, along with his wife, Meg, and sister, Susan, gripped shovels and took celebratory scoops of black dirt as they grinned for cameras.
It’s been at least a decade since I’ve driven a riding lawn mower, but it shouldn’t be that difficult, right? Isn’t it kind of like riding a bicycle — once you learn, you don’t forget?
ROUND LAKE — It was an exciting afternoon in Round Lake Wednesday, as leaders of New Fashion Pork, the city of Round Lake and Nobles County gripped shovels and broke ground on the site of the future New Fashion Pork feed mill. Construction is slated to start later this month on the state-of-the-art mill, with completion anticipated by mid-summer 2019. Once in operation, the mill will process approximately 570 tons of feed per day, five days per week.
WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Art Center is in the midst of what it hopes will be an annual art auction, with approximately 25 artists donating pieces that are available to the public in a silent auction format. For the next week and a half, the public is welcome to stop in and bid on items during Art Center hours, from noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. An auction closing and final bid reception is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. June 24, during which refreshments will be served.