The Farm Bleat: People, possums and a pooch

Nominations sought for Community Pride, and a little story shared from the farm.

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For the past several years, The Globe has published a special edition in late March called “Pride in our People.” The section was filled with heartwarming feature stories about people among us and the work they do to make our communities a better place.

Among other items, a Minnesota soybean leader said the Port of Duluth is still a major factor for success for the state and the country.
Rod Burkard now has the opportunity to compete in August at the national event in Pennsylvania.
Benson and Turner Foods will process cattle and hogs at Waubun, Minnesota, on the White Earth Reservation with the help of a USDA grant.

This year, we are expanding that concept to “Community Pride,” focusing not only on the people who make our communities great, but businesses and organizations that do as well.

And, because our newspaper is a reflection of its communities, we are asking you to tell us who — and what — makes this region great.

The Globe remains a regional newspaper, and with that in mind, we’re looking for nominations not just from across Nobles County, but from our neighboring counties as well — Osceola County in Iowa, and Rock, Pipestone, Murray, Cottonwood and Jackson counties in southwest Minnesota.

What businesses do a lot for your community? Is there an organization who has contributed much to the way of life here? Is there a person who goes above and beyond to see that things get done?


Well, we want to share the good work they do!

Wednesday’s community input meeting at Worthington High School was the third of four planned by the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.
Women plan to add a mini market and deli to their business in the coming months.
A recent $30,000 per acre land sale in Sioux County, Iowa, sends signals into the land market in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and even as far away as Indiana.

At the top of our website (, there is an icon with a red heart that says “Community Pride Nominations.” To nominate a person, business or organization, please click on it and complete the nomination form. You are welcome to submit more than one nomination!

You can also submit a nomination by going directly to , or by calling me at (507) 376-7330. And, if you know who we should reach out to if it’s an organization, please include that information as well.

Pride in our People has been a favorite among readers, and we think Community Pride will be that too. So, please share with us your ideas!

On another note, we are already midway through January and I wish time would slow down just a bit. I’ve turned another year older, and my first mishap of 2023 involved slipping on some unseen ice and landing with a good jostling of my insides. Thankfully there were no broken bones.

My mom’s first mishap, if you can call it that, was leaving the garage door open for a while on Sunday — only to discover that an opossum has now made itself at home inside her garage. The critter woke her up in the middle of the night as it investigated the bag of recycling, the tote of peacock food and everything else that smelled a little appetizing within the confines of the garage.

Mom found the noisemaker in the morning, nestled on a shelf not far from the cardboard box bed Mom created for the cat that showed up on her doorstep a few months ago.

Oh, the joys of farm life!


My little pooch, Chloe, who already goes berserk when she sees Grandma’s cat, will now have a new scent to drive her crazy. On second thought, I hope the two will never meet.

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Roemeling and Drown were selected from a competitive field of hundreds of applicants to attend the state’s 2022 conservation officer training academy.
The genetic disease is more common in males, and usually begins to cause vision loss in individuals in their late teens or early 20s.
“I will bring Phase 2 of the plan next month, and we can literally go out for bids.”
A full propane tank, as well as two diesel tanks, both located on the south side of the building, were of major concern.
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Sieve has traveled the world to explore wildlife in their habitats, but his favorite subject is the white-tailed deer found near his hometown of Wilmont, and his home today in southeast Minnesota.
Both local food shelves report increased need among Nobles County residents.
The fourth quarter awards by the foundation wrap up a year of significant milestones for the foundation, according to WRHCF Executive Director Jeff Rotert.
The Worthington Fire Department was dispatched to the scene in Section 10 of Worthington Township at 6:44 a.m. and, according to Chief Pat Shorter, the building was fully engulfed when they arrived.
Ten boxes filled with food and other items were compiled.

Opinion by Julie Buntjer
Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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