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 — 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.
WORTHINGTON — Rural Worthington farmer Adam Blume told members of the Nobles County Zoning Board of Adjustment Wednesday night that he could have obtained a simple permit for his proposed 3,000-head swine barn in Worthington Township, but he was hoping instead for a variance to put the barn along a lesser-traveled gravel road, and in a spot where barn vents wouldn’t be pointed in the direction of neighbors.
WORTHINGTON — The results of a study conducted on Worthington’s Lake Okabena two weeks ago to measure the carp population has revealed a problem. Though just nine common carp were captured during the electrofishing exercise, in which electrical current temporarily stunned fish within a 5-foot perimeter of a specially-equipped boat to allow for netting, the size of those captured is a concern.
WORTHINGTON — After months of discussing funding options for Lismore Cooperative Telephone Company (LCTC) to cash-flow the construction of a multi-million dollar broadband project in Nobles County, commissioners on Tuesday authorized the issuance of $2.57 million in taxable general obligation tax abatement bonds.
LUVERNE — Approximately 200 employees of Pilgrim’s Pride learned Tuesday afternoon their jobs at the Luverne facility will be eliminated by the end of this year. Citing inefficiencies, the company plans to shift production and equipment to other operations.
WORTHINGTON — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency released its 2018 list of impaired waters and is also recommending the delisting of nine water bodies, including First Fulda Lake in Murray County. According to a press release issued Wednesday, First Fulda Lake now has nutrient levels low enough to meet recreation standards.
WORTHINGTON — Nearly 70 people attended a Tuesday evening public hearing on the Lake Ocheda Management Plan, and a majority of those who provided testimony to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources hearing officer said they are in support of clean water and moving forward with the plan.
WORTHINGTON — With temperatures a few degrees warmer than freezing Tuesday morning, a biologist and water resource scientist launched a boat with some rather strange-looking contraptions and set out along Lake Okabena’s shoreline on a quest to find carp.