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 17 years coordinating the Y-Pals program at the Worthington Area YMCA, Greg Wede is easing out of his position to take on a new challenge as executive director of Love In The Name of Christ (Love INC). Wede began his new position on a part-time basis two weeks ago as he wraps up some of his duties at the Y. He hopes to be completely moved into his new office by June 1.
BINGHAM LAKE — Nearly 50 people gathered in Bingham Lake Monday night for an open house sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to discuss the final phase of the Minnesota 60 four-lane expansion project. Construction is slated to begin Monday on the eight-mile stretch between Windom and Mountain Lake. Mathiowetz Construction, Leavenworth, was awarded the $19.68 million contract for the work.
WORTHINGTON — Quinoa and essential oils may be the buzzwords of the decade, but what are they and why is everyone talking about them? To answer those questions and more, plan to attend “Living Your Best Life” an event offered from 3 to 8 p.m. May 1 at the American Reformed Church, 1720 N. Burlington Ave., Worthington.
WORTHINGTON — In a meeting between the the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources earlier this week, it was decided to alter the Lake Ocheda Management Plan before it goes before the DNR commissioner this fall. The watershed district hosted two public meetings on the plan earlier this year, during which several attendees asked for the temporary drawdown of the three-basin lake to begin a month earlier than the Sept. 1 date outlined in the plan.
WORTHINGTON — Nearly four months after the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District was awarded a $428,000 Clean Water Fund grant from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources to complete a water storage and filtering project on the former Prairie View Golf Links property, Administrator Dan Livdahl said the wait continues for engineers to complete project engineering and bid documents.
LUVERNE — Capitalizing on its Love theme, the city of Luverne will host its first-ever Love the Ladies Expo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Prairie Events Center. Don’t let the name fool you, though — men are welcome also.
WORTHINGTON — After hearing concerns from local law enforcement, school administration and residents near Worthington Middle School about speeding motorists on West Oxford Street and Crailsheim Drive, Nobles County Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder requested Tuesday that county commissioners authorize a speed study on the two roads.
ADRIAN — Eight months after the Adrian Branch Library launched an $80,000 fundraising campaign to purchase new shelving and furniture for its soon-to-be fully renovated library, librarian Meredith Vaselaar is nearly giddy with excitement as the goal has not only been met, but exceeded. On Monday, Vaselaar said $80,366 in donations have come in thus far to support the goal. More than half of the goal — $45,000 — will be used to purchase new wooden bookshelves.
JACKSON — In a personal test of endurance, more than 6,300 civilians and military members took part in the 28th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico March 19. Among the participants was 19-year-old Justin Petersen of Jackson. Petersen was lured to the event after seeing a Facebook post by friend Sam Moenning of Hayfield, who was interested in participating.
WINDOM — Nearly 30 farmers from across southwest Minnesota gathered Wednesday night at the River City Eatery in Windom for a heart-to-heart discussion about the state of agriculture, from low commodity prices to health care costs high enough to put them out of business.