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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MURRAY COUNTY — A prominent southwest Minnesota walleye fishery has become the first in this part of the state to become infested with zebra mussels. Lake Sarah, located in northern Murray County, was among a string of Minnesota lakes to be newly added to the list of infested waters within the last week. The discoveries were made as people pulled their docks and boat lifts from the water before winter.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A Mountain Lake FFA member is a national champion after besting members of 38 other teams in the Forestry Career Development Event (CDE) at the National FFA Convention last week in Indianapolis.
WORTHINGTON — Nearly a dozen regional artists are participating in the Nobles County Art Center’s annual Holiday Show & Sale, showcasing everything from printmaking, paintings and photography to blown glass, pottery and jewelry.
WORTHINGTON — In a special early morning meeting Tuesday, the Worthington City Council approved an 8.1 percent decrease in the 2019 street light budget, which will have a direct impact on residential property owners within the city limits. Public Works Director Dwayne Haffield said the switch to LED lighting in street lamps within the city has brought down power costs considerably. In fact, the 2018 power cost is $46,879 less than the conservative amount that was budgeted.
WORTHINGTON — Ask a child you know what he or she received for Christmas last year and they may not be able to tell you, but ask someone who received an Operation Christmas Child box 15 years ago and they’ll likely remember the items inside. Each year, the Worthington area conducts an Operation Christmas Child drive for Samaritan’s Purse. Community members purchase items and come together to stuff cardboard shoebox-sized containers with toys, hygiene items and school supplies.
ADRIAN — A rural Adrian man is in a Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital after falling approximately 20 feet from a grain dryer on his farm Tuesday evening. Randy Lenz broke 10 vertebrae in his back, his left collarbone, right hip and 10 ribs on his left side, and also sustained a skull fracture behind his left ear, according to journal entries written by his daughter, Sheila Erwin, on the CaringBridge website.
LUVERNE — A grassroots movement is underway in Rock County to end poverty, and plans are taking shape to address some of the most unmet needs in this far southwest corner of the state.
WORTHINGTON — In a little more than a month, the city of Worthington will be turning on the tap to accept over 1.9 million gallons of water per day from the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System. Construction crews are on schedule with pipeline installation, but the caveat is the 2-million gallon water reservoir under construction along Monroe Avenue, west of Worthington.
WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Board of Commissioners will host a public hearing in early December to discuss the potential transition to true county assessing, which would replace the individual property assessors hired by townships in the past to conduct property assessments.
WORTHINGTON — Two walk-in coolers and several pieces of display shelving remain in the former Worthington Municipal Liquor Store location, and city staff sought direction from the Worthington City Council Monday night on selling the surplus property.