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 farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Board of Adjustment on Wednesday approved a request from Chad Lubben, Edgerton, to vary from the required 1,980-foot setback from a neighboring residence to construct a 122- by 169-foot total confinement swine barn.
WORTHINGTON — A special education teacher who helps students with autism spectrum disorders is the 2018 ISD 518 Teacher of the Year. Amy Ebbers was presented a plaque during a recognition program earlier this week. The Worthington native is in her 31st year with the district. Those who work closely with her say she’s an unsung hero with a heart of gold.
RUSHMORE — The upstairs windows of Del and Kathy Strehle’s Rushmore home are still boarded up. There’s a large red dumpster in the yard, and several household items are piled on top of a shrinking snowbank. It will take a while to get everything cleaned up, but life will begin to have some normalcy again come Monday, when Kathy Strehle is able to reopen her daycare business in a temporary location.
LISMORE — The Minnesota State Patrol is reporting a fatal crash that occurred shortly before 7 a.m. today. Three people were involved in the head-on collision on Minnesota 91, near 160th Street, just northeast of Lismore. Names of the individuals involved will not be released until later today. It is unknown how many were killed in the crash.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners, acting Tuesday as the Ditch Authority, directed Drainage System Coordinator Brad Harberts to proceed with the removal of two culverts on Nobles County Ditch 4 (CD4) that may be impeding water flow.
WORTHINGTON — The E.O. Olson Trust Committee awarded $6,250 to the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District Monday to conduct a second carp study in Worthington’s Lake Okabena.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday approved a disaster declaration as a result of last weekend’s high winds that toppled power lines and cut off power to the southwestern Nobles County community of Ellsworth for approximately 80 hours. Emergency Management Director Joyce Jacobs said the disaster declaration will start the process for the state of Minnesota to conduct a preliminary damage assessment in the county.
BEAVER CREEK — Multiple agencies responded to a snowmobile crash just before 10 p.m. Saturday in Rock County that resulted in the death of a 28-year-old Luverne man. Jacob T. Gonnerman was driving a snowmobile on Rock County 4, under the Interstate 90 bridge west of Beaver Creek, when he struck a guardrail. Gonnerman was transported to Sanford Medical Center, Luverne, where he was pronounced dead.
WORTHINGTON — Kabo Yang, director of the Minnesota Women’s Consortium in Minneapolis and a frequent speaker on equality and justice, will be in Worthington Thursday for two presentations at Minnesota West Community and Technical College. Sponsored by The Culture Corner, Yang will speak at noon in the Fine Arts Theater, and again at 6:30 p.m. in Minnesota West Commons. Both events are free and open to the public.
SIBLEY, Iowa — Osceola County volunteers and school groups are coming together to plan a fundraiser for one of their own. Until last September, Mike Kraayenbrink had been teaching fifth- and sixth-grade language arts at Sibley-Ocheyedan Middle School. He’d been heavily involved in coaching — basketball (most recently freshman coach) and volleyball, with football and baseball coaching earlier in his career.