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 — 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.
LAKE PARK, Iowa — Five northwest Iowa fire departments and more than 40 firefighters worked to douse flames that ultimately destroyed a Lake Park business early Thursday morning. Market Street Tire, owned by Randy Johnson, has been a fixture in downtown Lake Park for 35 years.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Public Utilities Water & Light Commission is considering its foray into solar power as local customers continue to inquire about install solar panels on private homes in the community. The idea of a community solar project has been floated around by WPU staff in the past, but General Manager Scott Hain said during a commission meeting Monday he’d like more input and direction.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday adopted a 3 percent tax levy increase for 2019, which will generate more than $14 million in tax revenue to the county. The 2019 budget was also set Tuesday at $36,101,830. Commissioner Matt Widboom, who served on the county’s budget committee, said the group worked hard to bring the levy down to where it’s at. In September, the board set the not-to-exceed levy at 8.46 percent.
WORTHINGTON — Less than a week after Worthington Mayor Mike Kuhle called Worthington’s connection to the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System a game-changer for economic development, Worthington Public Utilities General Manager Scott Hain tempered the statement during a meeting of the Water & Light Commission. From an economic development standpoint, Hain said new businesses looking to locate in Worthington have always been asked, before all other questions, how much water they are going to need.
WORTHINGTON — ’Tis the season of giving, and the employees of JBS have come through in a big way for the United Way of Nobles County. Surpassing last year’s contributions by more than 6.2 percent, JBS workers have pledged $153,544 for the agency’s 2019 campaign. The contribution was announced during a special program at JBS Tuesday afternoon.
Here we are, a week away from all the joys of Christmas day. The neighborhood lights have lit up the nights and I think to myself, ‘What a beautiful sight.’ I dream as I drive down our city streets how happy the homes with little feet.
WORTHINGTON — A joint powers board comprised of representatives from the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District and the Worthington City Council voted Thursday to fund carp population control activities in Lake Okabena.