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 — Heavy rains and fast-moving waters have caused significant damage to the new spillway built last fall on the former Prairie View golf course northwest of Worthington. Determining who is at fault is something the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District continues to hash out with project engineers, the manufacturer and the contractor.
SIBLEY, Iowa — It will be four more years before the Osceola County Fair celebrates its 150th anniversary, but organizers have already started building interest in the event by launching a barn quilt display. Thus far, 24 mini barn quilts have been completed. They were hung Wednesday morning on the walls of the open class building for all to see when the fair kicks off next Wednesday in Sibley.
FLORENCE, S.C. — Clink, clunk, thud. Clink, clunk, thud. That was the sound Steve Berning’s horseshoes made as they hit their mark and added to his string of ringers during the National Horseshoe Pitching Association World Tournament earlier this week in Florence, S.C.
EDGERTON — Attendees of the 69th annual Dutch Festival this week will have the opportunity to get a birds-eye view of Edgerton and the rolling hills and valleys beyond thanks to a new addition to the schedule — tethered hot air balloon rides. Though weather-dependent, organizers are excited to offer the new feature. The balloon will be tethered in the Edgerton City Park, with rides offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
WORTHINGTON — From snowstorms in April to floods in June and July, southwest Minnesota farmers have had their share of weather woes this growing season. Add in hail storms and wind, and it’s anyone’s guess what harvest will bring in just a few short months. “Three weeks ago, we were looking very, very good,” said Compeer Financial Agent Mike Crowley of area corn and soybean fields. “Everybody was real, real happy with the way things looked.”
WORTHINGTON — When Lakeside Church celebrates its 125th anniversary next month, it plans to do more than simply host a picnic for its congregation. It will become the hands and feet of Jesus — with the help of community volunteers — to aid the city and local organizations who exist to serve others.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday voted to give a $30,000 cash grant to the Nobles County Historical Society, contingent on the organization’s success in securing a state legacy grant to improve Worthington’s former National Guard Armory.
WORTHINGTON — On a 4-1 vote Tuesday, Nobles County commissioners approved of the plans for Rail to Road Inc. to construct a transloading facility along a township road southwest of Worthington. Clark Meyer, president of Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Rail to Road, had earned the recommendation from the county’s Planning Commission a week ago for the project after a lengthy public hearing.
REGIONAL — Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency for 36 Minnesota counties, including all six counties in The Globe coverage area, due to damages caused by torrential rains and flooding in recent weeks. The declaration directs state agencies to begin conducting preliminary damage assessments in counties where damage estimates exceed their per capita damage indicator. In Nobles County, damages must exceed $39,335.82 to access state disaster funding.