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 and more farmers throughout the area are pulling an odd form of farm implement behind their tractors these days -- rollers. Commonly used in northern Minnesota for many years, the rollers are catching on with crop producers in this region looking to break up corn root residue and ultimately create better conditions for combining come harvest. Roger Doeden of rural Worthington bought a roller after learning about its advantages from neighbors who had practiced with it. Last year was the first time he took the 42-foot-wide pass, 18,000-pound machine over his newly seeded s
WORTHINGTON -- Ash trees across the city and throughout the area continue to drop their leaves as a result of a fungal disease sparked by recent cool and damp weather. Worthington Park Supervisor and City Forester Scott Rosenberg said area residents shouldn't be too concerned about anthracnose of ash trees -- the fungal leaf spot mainly hampers aesthetics and does not cause the trees to die. "What we've been seeing in Worthington is only affecting the ash trees," said Rosenberg, adding that the leaves of affected trees contain little brown spots.
WORTHINGTON -- The Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District was awarded nearly $36,500 from the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council's Conservation Partners Legacy grant recently to enhance the grasslands surrounding Lake Bella in southern Nobles County. The watershed district was one of 35 agencies statewide, and the only entity in this area, to receive a grant.
LUVERNE -- Improvements to the Rock River dam are estimated to cost approximately $90,000 more than the anticipated cost-share dollars available, according to Luverne City Administrator John Call. He presented the information to members of the Luverne City Council during a work session Tuesday night. Call said cost-share dollars amount to roughly $445,000 -- including $300,000 for ecosystem improvements, $75,000 for dam safety and $70,000 for fish passage measures. "The latest estimate that we have is $535,000.
WORTHINGTON -- Biodiesel production at Minnesota Soybean Processors near Brewster has been cut back significantly in the last several months as a result of the federal government's failure to reinstate the biodiesel tax credit. The $1 per gallon credit, which Congress allowed to expire on Dec.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- By the end of this week, the doors to The Beach House in Sibley are hoped to be open for business, providing all of the last minute details are completed. The Beach House, a diner that touts hand-formed burger patties, hand-cut fries, fresh salads, homemade dressings and ice cream treats, is opening along the former Iowa 60 route near downtown Sibley. For years, the establishment was home to A& W and the speaker boxes for the drive-in still remain on the west side of the building. New owners Nik and Shalynn Anderson plan to take them out eventually and, in their place, put
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa -- Rock Rapids community leaders gathered before a crowd of nearly 150 people Friday to announce the purchase of 146 acres of land on the city's west side for commercial development, a water retention pond, single and multi-family housing construction and a possible building project for Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital. Plans for the Forster Development were unveiled during a 10 a.m. press conference in downtown Rock Rapids.
WORTHINGTON -- It's been several days since the thermometer dipped below 32 degrees, but the lack of sunshine and warmer weather still has many crop producers wondering about the extent of frost damage to their emerged corn fields. Mike Crowley, an AgStar Crop Insurance agent in Worthington, said he's talked with a lot of concerned farmers since Monday about the potential yield impact from the several hours of below-freezing temperatures in the region early Sunday morning. "The biggest thing is we need some heat and some sunshine before we can see if there is damage," Crowley said.
LUVERNE -- Nobles-Rock Community Health Services (NRCHS) will host a public hearing next month on proposed changes to its tobacco ordinance. The ordinance has not been updated since it was written in 1999. Health educator Paula Anderson told NRCHS board members Wednesday afternoon that a loophole in the state-wide Freedom to Breathe Act allowed people to sample products in tobacco stores. The new ordinance will eliminate that potential, and further defines what tobacco or a tobacco product is to be more in line with the state's definition.
LEOTA -- Keela Wieneke realized just how much she missed the farm after she and her family moved into Leota about six years ago. So, she did the one thing that could keep her connected to agriculture -- she went to work on a dairy farm. Wieneke, the daughter of Craig and Lana Wieneke, recently volunteered to serve as the Nobles County Dairy Princess. She will be among dozens of girls competing this weekend to be one of the 12 Princess Kay of the Milky Way finalists.