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 — As Carrie Schultz led a group of Worthington Middle School fifth-graders along a mowed path amid shoulder-high prairie grasses and dainty white and purple asters Monday morning, she was doing more than educating the kids about plant diversity and wildlife. She was planting seeds — both literally and figuratively.
WORTHINGTON — With a Sept. 30 deadline looming for counties to set their not-to-exceed levy for 2019, Nobles County commissioners acted in unison Tuesday in setting a preliminary levy increase of 8.46 percent. This is reflected in the county’s preliminary budget of $14,763,231. The board now has approximately three months to try and whittle the 8.46 percent increase down to a more acceptable level.
WORTHINGTON — A Little Free Library has sprouted up along Second Avenue in downtown Worthington, and just as the name implies, it offers free books for those who can’t resist a good read. On Thursday, Mike Woll and his staff erected the painted wooden box on a post behind his business, and within a short walking distance from a residential neighborhood. The box was quickly filled with a selection of books for both children and adults.
BIGELOW — It was nearly 35 years ago when Brian Ling and his dad, Tom, decided not to till up the corn stubble that remained from the preceding fall’s harvest. In the midst of the 1980s farm crisis, Brian said no one was making money at farming, and it seemed to be a good time to take a chance and try something new. Within a few years, all of the land the rural Bigelow men farmed had been converted to no-till.
BREWSTER — In 2014, when Worthington’s Paycheck Race Team was desperate to find a turkey they could chase down 10th Street during the annual Great Gobbler Gallop, it discovered Mike Thiner’s secret flock of Bronze beauties. Hidden on a rural Brewster farm amid Bantam chickens, some squealing pigs and a smattering of pheasants, the team settled on an old hen that was molting at the time.
WORTHINGTON — In the southwest corner of Minnesota stands Paycheck, a 2-year-old bird sporting wingtips, long legs and a head of bumpy blemishes. From the southeast side of Texas struts Ruby Begonia, who only wishes she could float like a butterfly and run like a deer.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington area is mourning the loss of a local businessman and hockey coach after an early Saturday morning hunting accident claimed the life of Jeffrey Dean Nickel at the Eagle Lake Wildlife Management Area southeast of Fulda. Nickel, 39, is described by those who knew him as a loving, caring and positive person who found a soulmate in his wife, Tina, and beamed with pride as a father to two daughters, Jaden and Tayler, and one son, Spenser.
WORTHINGTON — The number of carp in Worthington’s Lake Okabena and Sunset Bay has Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District managers discussing options to tag, track and remove the roughfish from the basins. During its Tuesday meeting, the board heard a presentation from Tom Langer, an aquatic biologist with Wenck Associates, who traversed the shorelines of the two basins in July with an electrofishing boat.
WORTHINGTON — A dozen Nobles County kids dually enrolled in 4-H and the EDGE afterschool program at Worthington Middle School experienced the Minnesota State Fair last week as part of 4-H Springboard. The new initiative provides first-generation 4-H’ers an introduction to all that is available through the youth organization — and the state fair has the greatest array of 4-H exhibits around.