The University of Minnesota Extension Nobles County is committed to lifelong learning by connecting community needs with University of Minnesota resources.

For the people of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota and Extension have helped build and sustain strong families, farms, businesses and communities for more than a century. More than 800,000 Minnesotans participate in Extension programs annually. Extension delivers on the University's land-grant mission, working with Minnesotans to address important issues, creating a better world for future generations. Together, we create a better world for today and tomorrow by:

  • Keeping our food safe and affordable
  • Preparing today's youth to thrive in a complex world
  • Ensuring Minnesota communities are strong
  • Improving our environment
  • Helping families make better decisions

Nobles County Extension Office

U of M Extension
Nobles County
315 Tenth St Suite 119
PO Box 757
Worthington MN 56187-0757

(507) 295-5313 (phone)
(507) 372 -8209 (fax)

Office Hours:
Monday – Thursday 8 am – 4 pm
Closed on Friday

Extension Programs

The University of Minnesota Extension provides programming in 5 main areas:

  • Agriculture, Food and Environment
  • Community Vitality
  • Family Development
  • Natural Resources and Environment
  • Youth Development

Local Programs

For more information about available services in Nobles County call (507) 295-5313. Programs available locally are:

  • 4-H youth development
  • Financial literacy
  • Farm Information line 1-800-232-9077
  • Food science answer line 1-800-954-1678
  • Health & Nutrition program (SNAP-Ed)
  • INFO-U 1-900-525-UofM
  • Master Gardener program
  • Yard and garden line 612-624-4771

County Extension Committee

The Nobles County Extension Committee provides guidance and support for local Extension programs. Current committee members include:

  • Kile Behrends
  • Megan Prins
  • Julie Buntjer
  • Brad Meester
  • Brenda Baerenwald
  • Taylor Ponto (youth representative)
  • Riley Widboom (youth representative)
  • Open
  • Robert Paplow, County Commissioner
  • Justin Ahlers, County Commissioner


Bonnie Christiansen
Department Head

Mackenzie Wolf
4-H Youth Development Extension Educator
(507) 295-5313

Jose Lamas
Financial Capability Educator
(507) 295-5313

Linda Loonan
Extension Administrative Assistant
(507) 295-5313

Maria Paez-Sievert
SNAP-Ed Educator
(507) 295-5313

Letica Rodriguez
SNAP-Ed Educator
(507) 295-5313

Katie Klosterbuer
STEM Coordinator
(507) 295-5313