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 — More than 430 high school-aged youths and adults from at least seven states will descend on Worthington in mid-July for a Group Workcamp mission project. The community is one of 28 sites across the country selected to host mission volunteers in 2019. Tim Bickett, Worthington Workcamp coordinator, said since announcing in May 2018 the workcamp’s visit, 54 applications have been received for a variety of projects ranging from painting to deck repair and building wheelchair ramps.
LUVERNE — Even in the middle of winter, hardy Minnesotans bundle up to enjoy the great outdoors, whether sledding or skiing, walking or fat tire bike riding.
WALNUT GROVE — It’s been 45 years since a freckle-faced, pig-tailed little girl bounded down a grassy hill with her sisters in a now all-too-familiar introduction to the television series “Little House on the Prairie.” Though the show aired for just nine seasons — 210 episodes — its syndication continues to generate new fans from across the country and around the world.
ADRIAN — Though currently buried under snow drifts, a new amenity at the Adrian municipal campground has helped a teen there earn the highest honor in the Boy Scouts program. Blake Madison was presented his Eagle Scout badge in a Sunday afternoon ceremony at the Adrian American Legion. Not only was he presented the Eagle Scout badge and pin, he also received a plaque from the city of Adrian for spearheading a project to construct a life-sized checkers/chess board at the campground.
WORTHINGTON — Radio-tagging of carp in Worthington’s Lake Okabena will begin shortly after ice-out as the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District begins a nearly two-year study on carp populations, their spawning areas and gathering habits. The information collected from tracking the carp will help the district to plan targeted carp removal operations within the lake, Sunset Bay and adjacent channels.
ROUND LAKE — More than 50 years after serving his country as a pathfinder and paratrooper with the 101st Airborne in the Vietnam War, Mike Christofiles has finally received a pair of medals he earned on the battlefield. Just days before Christmas, a package arrived at his Round Lake home containing some precious hardware — a second Bronze Star (his first, given to him in 1968, came back with him from the war), and a Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm.
WORTHINGTON — With a short agenda and little to discuss about the business at hand Tuesday, Nobles County commissioners finished their meeting in about 20 minutes. Among the items acted upon were:
WORTHINGTON — A movement is underway in Minnesota to raise the age in which people can purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.
WORTHINGTON — Despite the county’s collection of $240,000 a year in additional revenues through an imposed wheelage tax, the amount of funds available to address transportation needs is far from adequate. During a Nobles County board work session Tuesday, commissioners discussed the potential to implement a half-cent local option sales tax, with revenues dedicated to transportation funding. The dollars must be targeted to specific projects, and the tax expires when the cost of the projects is paid off.
JACKSON — Newly published results from the 2018 Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey show more people are turning to e-cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. The survey, spearheaded by Clearway Minnesota, also reveals that progress to reduce tobacco use among the state’s residents has stalled since Minnesotans were last surveyed in 2014.