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 — Nearly half of the floating biohavens placed in Sunset Bay as a way to help improve water quality will need to be replanted thanks to the efforts of some pesky Canada geese. Seven of the 15 islands have been picked clean by the geese, leading some to complain to the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District about their appearance. Last week, watershed board members directed their administrator, Dan Livdahl, to order new plants to install on the floating biohavens.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County Library Board members voted Monday to participate in discussions to include a new community library in a collaborative project with the city of Worthington and Independent School District 518. The action includes stipulations that the library have 28,000 to 30,000 square feet of space, green space be provided, discussions take place about realistically sharing space, and safety issues be addressed with the site’s proximity to the railroad.
LUVERNE — With drivers inching into the center lane or crossing over the fog line in order to avoid the ruts and bumps on U.S. 75 through the city of Luverne, it’s clear something has to be done to fix the crumbling pavement — and soon. The highway is slated for a possible reconstruction in 2025, but with its current condition, it appears the road won’t last as long as officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) had hoped.
WORTHINGTON — A local man is feeling better with each new day after his first-born son donated a kidney to save his life. Joe Kinley has been off work since the surgery, and though he’s hopeful to return to his maintenance work as a boiler operator at JBS soon, the bills are adding up. A benefit is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Worthington Elks Lodge. There will be a pulled pork sandwich meal, silent auction, raffle and bake sale to raise money for the family.
WORTHINGTON — One could say Jack Johnson’s life experiences have propelled his destiny toward a career in mechanical engineering. Growing up not far from the beacon at the Worthington Municipal Airport, the soon-to-be high school graduate frequently shadowed his dad, fixed base operator Cameron Johnson, at the airport.
WORTHINGTON — Fifteen carp captured in Lake Okabena Tuesday morning have been fitted with radio tracking devices that are hoped to shed light on where carp congregate and spawn. The project, spearheaded by the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District and financed through the city’s Clean Water Partnership fund, will target removal of the rough fish, which in turn could lead to improved water quality and fewer algae blooms on the Worthington lake.
WORTHINGTON — Individuals with the state’s Homeland Security Emergency Management office and officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency made the rounds in southwest Minnesota this week to gather preliminary damage assessments stemming from rapid snow melt and spring rains in March through Winter Storm Wesley, the ice storm that hit the area on April 10. Both events are being lumped into one incident report stretching from March 12 through April 29.
WORTHINGTON — A collaboration forged within the last year between A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota and Worthington’s Center for Active Living is working to the benefit of both organizations. A.C.E., formerly known as RSVP, has long offered programming — everything from Bone Builders and A Matter of Balance to craft group activities and tax preparation — but has often struggled to find a place to meet.
WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Board of Commissioners directed County Administrator Tom Johnson to negotiate with Beltline Concrete, a related company of Ideal Landscape & Design, on its bid to correct work performed last year on the Nobles County Government Center landscaping project. The work will include removal of the Fourth Street sidewalk and reinstallation.
WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Historical Society is asking the county to donate the Armory Business Center to the organization so it can transform the historic building into a museum.