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 — A tie vote Tuesday evening among Nobles County commissioners and the county auditor-treasurer, acting as the Board of Appeal and Equalization, will result in no change to the property value of a Worthington home, despite a recommendation from the county assessor’s office that the value be lowered. Dennis and Marie Weeks were not present at the meeting, but had communicated with the assessor’s office of their wish to seek further lowering of the valuation on their Elmwood Avenue home.
ROUND LAKE — Jackson-based New Fashion Pork celebrated the groundbreaking for its new $10 million state-of-the-art feed mill in Round Lake Wednesday afternoon. Under cloudy skies, NFP’s owner and CEO Brad Freking, along with his wife, Meg, and sister, Susan, gripped shovels and took celebratory scoops of black dirt as they grinned for cameras.
It’s been at least a decade since I’ve driven a riding lawn mower, but it shouldn’t be that difficult, right? Isn’t it kind of like riding a bicycle — once you learn, you don’t forget?
ROUND LAKE — It was an exciting afternoon in Round Lake Wednesday, as leaders of New Fashion Pork, the city of Round Lake and Nobles County gripped shovels and broke ground on the site of the future New Fashion Pork feed mill. Construction is slated to start later this month on the state-of-the-art mill, with completion anticipated by mid-summer 2019. Once in operation, the mill will process approximately 570 tons of feed per day, five days per week.
WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Art Center is in the midst of what it hopes will be an annual art auction, with approximately 25 artists donating pieces that are available to the public in a silent auction format. For the next week and a half, the public is welcome to stop in and bid on items during Art Center hours, from noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. An auction closing and final bid reception is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. June 24, during which refreshments will be served.
WORTHINGTON — June 21 marks the first day of summer — the Summer Solstice — which means it’s the longest day of daylight during the calendar year. The Alzheimer’s Association has chosen this date to bring awareness to those living with or affected by the disease. The Longest Day symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.
WORTHINGTON — Eight months after the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District’s board of managers authorized Wenck Associates to conduct an assessment of specific properties around Worthington’s Lake Okabena, it has received reports detailing potential work on two sites that could help to reduce the amount of phosphorus and sediment reaching the water body.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners are in the midst of planning an Urban Lawmaker Tour in mid-July. The event is targeted to metro-area legislators and will feature a day-long bus tour July 13 to discuss everything from agriculture regulations to management of state-owned lands, broadband, water, mental health and Local Government Aid.
WORTHINGTON — It’s a relatively quiet year in Nobles County for projects spearheaded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, but the agency’s 10-year outlook calls for construction crews to lead several different projects in the county in coming years. During a presentation to county commissioners on Tuesday, MnDOT District 7 Engineer Greg Ous and State Aid Engineer Gordon Regenscheid spoke of plans to resurface roads and replace bridges.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday approved a two-year housing contract with the Minnesota Department of Corrections to house DOC inmates at a state-set, non-negotiated rate of $55 per inmate per day.