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 — A fundraising benefit for Traci Feit, a local woman and wife of past King Turkey Day President Kirk Feit, is planned for Jan. 19 in conjunction with the Winterfest Red Hot Chili Cook-off at the Worthington Event Center.
WORTHINGTON — In the past 21 years, the Nobles County Relay for Life has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society. That money has helped fund research, education and advocacy leading to new and better cancer treatment options, increased support for those living with the disease and a place to stay for cancer patients at its Hope Lodges.
WORTHINGTON — A Slayton native in the midst of wrapping up a dual degree in art education and studio art will have a series of her oil paintings on display at the Nobles County Art Center in Worthington through mid-February.
BREWSTER — A large granite rock unearthed from a rural Brewster farm three years ago will get a new resting spot by early next week, weather permitting. Since it was dug up from a farm field three miles north of Brewster in 2014, the rock has rested not far from a field approach along Nobles County 1. It will now be moved a few miles farther north — to Fury’s Island, a Nobles County park in Graham Lake Township. There, the hope is more people will be able to see it.
WORTHINGTON — In its first meeting of the new year, Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday elected Robert Demuth Jr. to serve as board chairman for 2018, with Matt Widboom elected vice-chairman. During the relatively short meeting, commissioners discussed a recommendation from the county’s planning commission regarding Mike Fogelman’s request for a conditional use permit to operate a home-extended business at 31344 130th St., Fulda. Fogelman is the owner of Mike’s Mini Excavating.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County residents will soon be able to recycle their used mattresses at less than half the cost they currently pay. At the same time, they’ll help keep the large, bulky items from filling up the local landfill. During a work session of the county’s board of commissioners on Wednesday, Schaap Sanitation District Manager Eric Joens and Nobles County Environmental Services Manager Mark Koster explained the program, which they hope to start around April 1.
WORTHINGTON — After more than 33 years with the Nobles County Public Works Department, maintenance crew chief Bill McCuen hung up his fluorescent yellow safety vest for the last time on Friday, destined for retirement.
WORTHINGTON — After being on the waiting list for more than two years, the city of Worthington was notified this week it will receive $2.5 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds, distributed through a state program for flood mitigation.
WORTHINGTON — With Mother Nature delivering bouts of snow and bitter cold temperatures, several Nobles County youths took advantage of their Christmas break to attend a 4-H Project Expo Thursday in Worthington. It was a chance to not only get out of the house, but to get a start — perhaps — on a project for the county fair.
WORTHINGTON — With snow blanketing the Minnesota landscape and frigid wind chills keeping many indoors, thoughts of lazy days shaded by the summer sun are perhaps buried deep under our winter cap-covered heads. For a local man leading a campaign to add more summertime shade to our community, there is no time like the present to view the Worthington landscape and choose a spot to plant a mighty oak tree.