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 — A new year brings with it new leadership to the Nobles County Board of Commissioners, with Matt Widboom elected chairman during the board’s Tuesday morning meeting. Commissioner Justin Ahlers was elected vice-chairman.
WORTHINGTON — Today marks Day 15 of the federal partial government shutdown, and while it may seem the local area is affected little by the stalemate between President Donald Trump and Congress over funding for a border wall, many federal employees who work in the region were forced into unpaid leave — indefinitely. At the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency office in Worthington, eight employees have been on furlough since Monday morning, including director Ron McCarvel.
WORTHINGTON — The next time the Rev. Owar Ojulu stands before his congregation to deliver a Sunday sermon, his message will be one of salvation. By the grace of God, Ojulu said he is alive today. The Worthington man was struck by a car sometime between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m. Dec. 28 at the intersection of Oxford Street and Humiston Avenue. Despite a sore jaw, arm, ribs and knee, as well as a broken tooth and cut lip, he has no broken bones.
LUVERNE — Less than three months after Balaton-based trū Shrimp Company reaffirmed its commitment to build its first ever shrimp harbor in Luverne, the company officially announced Friday its plans to temporarily pull out of the southwest Minnesota community to instead build the first shrimp harbor across the border, in Madison, S.D.
READING — The cheapest solution to creating a centralized sewer system for the unincorporated community of Reading has been flushed down the toilet by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
WORTHINGTON — When Karen Caraway retired from Newport Laboratories in July 2012, it didn’t take her long to fill up her suddenly open calendar. Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC) was relatively new in town then, having opened in 2010, and was always in need of volunteers. That hasn’t changed.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council on Wednesday authorized site preparation assistance of $52,795 for a commercial development project at 1317 Ray Drive (Professionail Salon). This offsets the costs of soil remediation at the site prior to the construction of the 3,400-square foot commercial building.
WORTHINGTON — With Nobles County Emergency Management Director Joyce Jacobs set to begin her new role as the county’s auditor-treasurer on Monday, commissioners are considering blending the emergency management duties with that of the county administrator.
WORTHINGTON — The Thompson Hotel will likely get its new roof early in the new year following action by the Worthington City Council Wednesday night. The city has stepped in to make necessary repairs to the historic building after its owners walked away, leaving tenants in unhealthy living conditions. Previous work included a two-day extermination project to address infestations of bedbugs and cockroaches.
WORTHINGTON — By the time most people reach their 70s, they’ve retired from work and are well immersed in their life of leisure. Not Henry Luitjens. In 2001, at age 72, Henry accepted a full-time job as a maintenance man for the Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority, an agency that owns the 105-unit Atrium high rise as well as Rising Sun Estates, Prairie Acres and 35 housing units in the community.