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 — When Daeng and Amy Khamphanh volunteered three years ago to become foster parents, it was just one more way to live out their motto — to serve God by serving others.
LISMORE — The fundraising auction at Lismore’s St. Anthony Catholic Church harvest festival has been known to produce some rather outlandish prices — like the year a quart jar of Doris Diekmann’s homemade dill pickles sold for over $100. Doris still grins about it, then admits, “My son hates dill pickles, but he bid them up.”
WORTHINGTON — Nearly a dozen stakeholders gathered in Worthington Wednesday to prioritize efforts to protect the county’s soil health and water quality. The attendees, which included representatives from the Soil and Water Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kanaranzi-Little Rock and Okabena-Ocheda watershed districts, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Nobles County and the city of Adrian, identified five resource concerns in hopes of getting future federal funds.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners have had on-again, off-again discussions about the need for a new library in Worthington for more than a decade. Worthington ISD planned to exit the former West Elementary building nearly 20 years ago. Can the two entities come together — with a commitment from the city of Worthington — to build a collaborative facility to house both a library, and community education classrooms? Time and money will tell.
WORTHINGTON — Worthington’s Pioneer Village and Dayton House will provide the main stages for a full-length, Christian-based feature film this summer. Fergus Falls-based Redeemer’s Song Ministries will use the local sites for more than a week of filming this June, as they create an anniversary edition of their first-ever film project, “He Leadeth Me.”
WORTHINGTON — Nick Henning of rural Fulda will get to build two hog barns on land in Graham Lakes Township without signing a road maintenance agreement with the township, Nobles County commissioners decided Tuesday. The vote wasn’t a simple one, however, and discussion was lengthy.
WORTHINGTON — A woolly mammoth tusk discovered in a gravel pit north of Adrian in the 1980s has made its way back to Nobles County. For the past 30-plus years, the tusk has been featured inside the Interpretive Center at Blue Mounds State Park. Due to the deterioration of the building, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asked if the tusk could be kept at the Nobles County Historical Society Museum in Worthington. It is now considered “on loan” to the museum for the next five years.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County Pheasants Forever will celebrate its 35th anniversary with some special guests Friday evenin during the chapter’s annual fundraising banquet at the Worthington Event Center.
WORTHINGTON — Paulette Bass said she could write a book with all of the cute, funny and just plain hilarious things kids say, but chances are she won’t have time to work on it. After being a daycare provider in Worthington for 47 years, she has yet to make plans to retire. Perhaps she never will. Yes, she loves her job that much.
LAKE PARK, Iowa — John and Joy Mier lost their home and nearly everything in it after fire broke out in the ceiling and quickly spread through their rural Sioux Valley farm house on the afternoon of Feb. 8. On Sunday, family, friends and neighbors have organized a benefit to help the Miers. A pork loin meal with potatoes, corn, salads and bars will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake Park Community Center, 903 S. Market St., for a free-will donation.