Julie Buntjer joined the Daily Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism.
At the Daily Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family.
Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at www.farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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WORTHINGTON -- Estimated market values for Nobles County agricultural land have risen in all but one year during the last two decades, reaching an all-time high in 2006 at more than $1 billion. According to recent ag land sales, the trend is likely to continue, said Nobles County assessor Byron Swart. There were 31 agricultural parcels -- a total of 3,118 acres -- sold between Oct. 1, 2004 and Sept. 30, 2005, garnering an average of $2,485 per acre.
WORTHINGTON -- "When my ancestors came, it was different." Dr.
WORTHINGTON -- A year after Nobles County Pheasants Forever purchased 120 acres of land -- 80 in Olney Township and 40 in Bigelow Township -- Scott Rall and Les Johnson joined DNR Area Wildlife Manager Wendy Kruger in asking county commissioners Tuesday to approve transfer of the land to the state's Department of Natural Resources. The transfer, which commissioners unanimously approved, will allow the DNR to take over management of the grounds and establish them as public wildlife management areas.
Editor's Note: This is the fourth and final installment in a four-part series this week on the renewable fuel industry. BREWSTER -- A short distance north of Brewster, Minnesota Soybean Processors (MnSP) is converting soybeans grown in the tri-state area into a renewable fuel. Unlike the first three stories in this four-part series that focused on ethanol production, MnSP is in the business of producing biodiesel. The plant completed construction of a 30-million-gallon capacity biodiesel refinery in 2005, an addition that allowed the plant to further process the crude oil extracted from soy
Editor's Note: This is the third in a four-part series this week on the renewable fuel industry. Tomorrow, we complete the series with a look at biodiesel. LUVERNE -- Amid a family strawberry patch and rows of garden vegetables stand clumps of hardy grass that, come fall, will reach about 10 to 12 feet tall. Most people likely see the clumps for what they are -- plantings of a simple ornamental grass.
Editor's Note: This is the second in a four-part series this week on the renewable fuel industry.
Editor's Note: This is the first in a four-part series this week on the renewable fuel industry. Tomorrow, learn what researchers are doing to expand ethanol production. SIBLEY, Iowa -- People driving flexible fuel vehicles these days are cashing in on the savings when they pull up to the pump. E-85, a gasoline blended with 85 percent ethanol, is -- in some communities -- 45 cents less per gallon than regular unleaded gasoline. The price difference has created demand for flex-fuel vehicles, as well as for more pumps that carry E-85.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Half the team has hearing aids, two of them have pacemakers and one has had a trio of hip surgeries. Their ages range from 68 to 84, and these days you can't wipe the smile off their faces -- they are the league champions of the Monday night Commercial League at Sibley's Merry Lanes bowling alley. The tandem of six -- they bowl with five on any given night and keep a spare in the rotation -- toppled teams half their age, and then some to, to put their bowling sponsor, C&D Guns, in the spotlight. While some may say age equals experience, the men aren't ashamed to say their to
JACKSON -- They may have stood eye to eye, but some rather young junior showmen handled their massive Columbia sheep with ease during the National Columbia Junior Sheep Show at the Jackson County Fairgrounds Thursday afternoon. The annual show and sale is celebrating its 62nd anniversary and first-ever appearance in Minnesota this week.
SHELDON, Iowa -- As public health agencies develop response plans for a potential disease pandemic, professionals in animal health are also laying the groundwork to educate livestock producers on the risks and possible spread of diseases. Such was the case during a livestock risk management training Tuesday night in Sheldon. With an agriculture industry valued at an estimated $11.3 billion, Iowa could stand to lose plenty if an epidemic of foot and mouth disease, swine flu or some unknown disease spreads through the state's livestock operations. Al Grigg, director of Lyon and Osceola County