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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ADRIAN — Teenage brothers from Adrian have organized a sock drive to help spread a little warmth this holiday season. Austin and Jacob Henning, ages 15 and 13, respectively, are taking collections of new socks during the month of November. Collection sites include Adrian Hardware, the Adrian branch library, Zion Lutheran Church and the Nobles County Review.
WORTHINGTON — United Way of Nobles County has kicked off its 2019 fundraiser with the hopes of reaching a campaign goal of $196,000. The amount represents an increase of $1,000 over the 2018 goal. Cindy Elsing, a United Way of Nobles County board member, said the goal is representative of the needs of agencies who applied for financial assistance. “As our community grows, the need grows,” she said.
LUVERNE — Nearing its first anniversary in downtown Luverne, Coffey Contemporary Arts and the Lord Grizzly Gallery are taking part in their first Holiday Studio Tour next Saturday, displaying the works of talented regional artists. The annual studio tour provides artists with an opportunity to showcase and sell their unique, often one-of-a-kind creations, and for the public to support the local art scene.
LUVERNE — A trio of Luverne High School seniors are drawing attention to poverty this fall by giving people in their community a chance to experience how homelessness feels.
WORTHINGTON — Alvin Obermoller began his freshman year of study in mechanical engineering and psychology at the University of Minnesota in the fall of 1941. A farm kid from southwest Minnesota and valedictorian of his senior class at Brewster High School, he had plans to become an engineer. Plans can — and often do — change.
WORTHINGTON — A proposed brew pub in downtown Worthington is one step closer to becoming a reality after the city’s Planning Commission Monday night voted to recommend approval of a conditional use permit for Forbidden Barrel Brewing Co. LLC to operate in a years-vacant building at the corner of Ninth Street and Third Avenue. The recommendation will advance to the Worthington City Council next Tuesday for consideration of the permit.
WORTHINGTON — A decade after the Fenton Wind Project went online in Nobles and Murray counties, the wind turbines’ age and advancements in technology now point the way toward a retrofit. EDF Renewable Energy is proposing to retrofit the 205.5 megawatt, 137-turbine wind farm. The project would include updating the drive train and hub of each turbine with more efficient components and updating the rotors with lighter, longer (from 77 meters to 91 meters) and more effective blades.
WORTHINGTON — Zippers and snaps, buttons and clasps, crinkly sounds and different textures are filling the space of 24- by 28-inch fidget blankets being created by members of the local Stash and Scrappy Quilt Guild.
LUVERNE — If there’s one way to shake up a church Christmas pageant that features the same people, the same costumes and the same story year after year, casting the unruly and unchurched Herdman children is a sure way to do it. The Herdmans — the kids who steal lunches and terrorize their peers — provide the comic relief in the Green Earth Players upcoming performance of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”
WORTHINGTON — Incumbents will all be returning to their seats on the Worthington City Council following the results of Tuesday’s election. Re-elected to his second four-year term as mayor is Mike Kuhle, who garnered 41 percent of the vote (1,405 votes) and led former Worthington Mayor and current at-large councilman Alan Oberloh, who took 27.89 percent (946 votes); and political newcomer Benjamin Weber (1,031 votes) with 30.4 percent.