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 — Age and experience may separate seven-term Minnesota House 22B incumbent Rod Hamilton (R-Mountain Lake) and his opponent, political newcomer Cheniqua Johnson (DFL-Worthington), but before a crowd gathered at Tuesday night’s candidate forum in Worthington, the two seemed to agree on several of the issues.
About a month ago, I bought an ornament displaying a portion of a world map and the words, “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” Escape. Wanderlust. Adventure. My earliest recollections of travel are family trips to the Black Hills, Wisconsin Dells and Amana Colonies. In between those adventures, I’d watch airplanes fly high above the family farm and wonder where the travelers had been and where they were going.
WORTHINGTON — The Thompson Hotel may have a new roof by the end of November if plans fall into place as the city hopes. During its Monday night meeting, the Worthington City Council authorized spending up to $19,800 for engineering firm Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) to prepare construction plans and provide consultation for the roof replacement of the historic downtown building that houses more than half a dozen businesses and 39 residential apartments.
WORTHINGTON — There are 116 communities across the United States who have developed sister city relationships with cities in Germany, but none of them are as long-standing, and few — if any — run as deep as the connection between Worthington and Crailsheim. That appeared evident to Worthington Mayor Mike Kuhle, who joined the leaders of six other Midwest cities to speak during an event hosted by the German Consulate General Chicago last weekend in Indianapolis, Ind.
BEAVER CREEK — Creating spaces for wildlife habitat that are open for public enjoyment — whether hunting or bird watching, photography or nature walks — isn’t possible without the willingness of landowners to sell property for the purpose of conservation. As the sun began to peek through the clouds Friday afternoon, Rock County Pheasants Forever celebrated one such landowner who made the new Rooster Ridge Wildlife Management Area a reality.
LUVERNE — Under gray skies and large dancing snowflakes, world-renowned nature and wildlife photographer — and Luverne native — Jim Brandenburg welcomed several groups of media and guests to Touch The Sky Prairie early Friday afternoon as part of activities surrounding the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. Brandenburg, in between trips to Canada and Europe, was on hand to share the story of the prairie reconstruction at Touch The Sky, which now boasts approximately 1,100 acres.
LUVERNE — Boasting the largest banquet crowd in Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener history, the city of Luverne “hit it out of the ballpark,” according to 2018 GPHO Chairman Rick Peterson Friday night as he addressed those gathered at Grand Prairie Events on the eve of the state’s pheasant hunting opener.
WORTHINGTON — With gale force winds creating whitecaps Wednesday afternoon across the recently restored Summit Lake north of Reading, members of the Nobles County Ducks Unlimited chapter joined staff from the county’s Soil and Water Conservation District to erect half a dozen wood duck houses along the shoreline. Kevin Black, president of the roughly 125-member Nobles County Ducks Unlimited chapter, said it’s the first time the local organization has erected wood duck houses.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council took the next step toward a possible new movie theater Monday night when it authorized Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) to develop conceptual plans and cost estimates for a spec building to accommodate an entertainment-based business in the city.
LUVERNE — Katie Hemme hasn’t hunted since she was in college, and even then, the only things she tried to shoot were raccoons or coyotes who threatened her family’s sheep farm. The one time she actually dropped a bird was when she took aim at the pigeons in the haymow, angry after their droppings got all over the hay she was supposed to toss down for the livestock.