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 — June 21 marks the first day of summer — the Summer Solstice — which means it’s the longest day of daylight during the calendar year. The Alzheimer’s Association has chosen this date to bring awareness to those living with or affected by the disease. The Longest Day symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.
WORTHINGTON — Eight months after the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District’s board of managers authorized Wenck Associates to conduct an assessment of specific properties around Worthington’s Lake Okabena, it has received reports detailing potential work on two sites that could help to reduce the amount of phosphorus and sediment reaching the water body.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners are in the midst of planning an Urban Lawmaker Tour in mid-July. The event is targeted to metro-area legislators and will feature a day-long bus tour July 13 to discuss everything from agriculture regulations to management of state-owned lands, broadband, water, mental health and Local Government Aid.
WORTHINGTON — It’s a relatively quiet year in Nobles County for projects spearheaded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, but the agency’s 10-year outlook calls for construction crews to lead several different projects in the county in coming years. During a presentation to county commissioners on Tuesday, MnDOT District 7 Engineer Greg Ous and State Aid Engineer Gordon Regenscheid spoke of plans to resurface roads and replace bridges.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday approved a two-year housing contract with the Minnesota Department of Corrections to house DOC inmates at a state-set, non-negotiated rate of $55 per inmate per day.
WORTHINGTON — Kids who may already have said they’re bored during this first full week of summer vacation — or parents who are looking for a fun, educational opportunity for their children — are invited to register for a variety of summer programs offered by Nobles County 4-H.
WORTHINGTON — Ongoing complaints by township supervisors and landowners against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ management of wildlife areas came to a head Wednesday when the two groups appeared before Nobles County commissioners in a morning work session.
LUVERNE — From the cackle of a pheasant rooster and the staccato of Western Meadowlarks to the sight of deer on the run and cinnamon-colored bison calves trailing behind their mothers, a new custom-built Prairie Tour Vehicle (PTV) gives visitors to Blue Mounds State Park an experience like no other in Minnesota’s State Parks and Trails system.
JACKSON — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has reported the sighting of an adult black bear and cub in Delafield Township, south of Wilder in northern Jackson County. At 9:28 p.m. Tuesday, the sheriff’s office received a phone call of a possible black bear sighting. A motorist reported seeing the bear cross the road and enter a field.
LUVERNE — The city of Luverne will be bustling this weekend with its 34th annual Buffalo Days celebration Friday through Sunday — and Luverne High School’s graduation ceremony Sunday afternoon. A few new events are part of Buffalo Days this year, from a quilt show at the Hinkly House by Luverne quilters to the Take 16 Block Party at the microbrewery on Main Street.