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 — Several smaller projects noted within Nobles County’s capital improvement plan are now starting to move forward, with commissioners on Tuesday awarding bids for two different projects within the Government Center in downtown Worthington.
WORTHINGTON — Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Andrew Dirks is urging the public to use caution when driving on area lakes after two vehicles broke through the ice last weekend. Dirks responded to a report of a Ford Explorer breaking through the ice early Sunday morning on West Graham Lake in northern Nobles County. He said a vehicle also went through the ice on Lake Shetek last weekend.
Two weeks ago — before snow blanketed the yard and created big drifts among the trees; before a walk outdoors turned our noses red and our fingers white — I went shed hunting with a bunch of amateurs. Shed hunting, for those of you who may not know, is the elusive search — the needle-in-the-haystack kind of quest — for deer antlers that fall from the heads of (shed by) bucks this time of year. As I said, I was out with a crew of first-timers.
WORTHINGTON — Staying cooped up inside during the winter months may not be good for your health — in more ways than one.
WORTHINGTON — A transloading facility that will deliver product to rural Worthington on the Buffalo Ridge Regional Rail Authority shortline railroad may be operational by the end of February, according to Clark Meyer, president of Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Rail to Road Inc.
SLAYTON — Southwest Minnesota seems to have a very healthy population of beavers, and it may only get worse with the devaluation of beaver pelts offering little incentive to area trappers. Late last month, the Murray County Board of Commissioners renewed its commitment to control the beaver population by reauthorizing a beaver bounty. For the past several years, the county has paid $60 for each beaver trapped from the county’s open ditch systems.
WORTHINGTON — The Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District board of managers on Tuesday adopted a resolution to petition the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources for a boundary change. Discussed for more than a year, the change — if approved — will result in approximately 6.4 square miles of land currently within the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed to be transferred to the Kanaranzi-Little Rock Watershed.
WORTHINGTON — After more than two years of collaborative work between six counties, their soil and water conservation districts and two watershed districts, a draft of the Missouri River One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) is now open for a 60-day review and comment period.
WORTHINGTON — Crews continue to look for the last of the leaks in the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System pipeline, and it’s still not known when the city of Worthington will begin to receive the much-anticipated water.
WORTHINGTON — A majority of Nobles County landowners are now in compliance with Minnesota’s buffer law, having seeded perennial grasses, alfalfa or an alternative practice on land that abuts streams, waterways and open ditches.