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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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.
WORTHINGTON — Five years after leaving a refugee camp in Thailand and moving with her husband and son to southwest Minnesota, Thein Thein Kai is now celebrating a significant milestone — her U.S. citizenship.
WORTHINGTON — Two Worthington businesses that broke ground in 2018 will be opening within a week of each other, with Runnings moving into its new building from Feb. 10 to Feb. 16, and the new Lakeside Travel Plaza — with a Sinclair gas station, Caribou Coffee and Godfather’s Pizza — slated to open the week of Feb. 17.
For the past month, the cat chores at the farm have been my responsibility. Either I go out morning and night to deliver Jarde, Tux, Cedo, Midnight and Fluffy some fresh water, canned morsels of beef, chicken, turkey or fish, a pan of dry cat food and some warm milk, or I find some other willing soul to do it for me. So far, the cats haven’t complained.