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 -- He taught himself to play the piano and drums by ear and, while in high school, became proficient in guitar. His musical talents don't end there, however. Worthington High School senior Jorge Evasku is in the school's 24-member mixed ensemble, Trojan Express, and maintains a spot on the elite, all-male VOX (Latin for voice) group.
WORTHINGTON -- Gene "Pucky" Sandager peered through the window of his tractor cab in far southwestern Rock County to see the neighboring fields void of activity Wednesday morning. It wouldn't be that way for long, he said. Farmers across southwest Minnesota were taking advantage of the much-needed sunshine to work up the soil and plant the seeds for what they hope will be another highly productive crop season. Sandager is planting corn about a week later than he has the past couple of years -- delays created by Mother Nature and her 4-inch rainfall of two weeks ago. "It's wet and it's cold
LUVERNE -- Bigger trucks, more gear and the need for extra training space are leading two area fire departments to look for larger quarters. The Luverne City Council last week voted to advertise for bids on a planned expansion of its East Lincoln Street fire hall.
BIGELOW -- More than a dozen residents gathered at the Bigelow Fire Hall Monday afternoon to watch their mayor, Bryan Brandt, accept a check for $1.347 million from USDA's office of Rural Development. The money, consisting of a $680,000 loan and $667,000 grant from the USDA, will help fund an estimated $2.1 million centralized sewer system in this community of 231 residents. Construction is expected to begin either late this fall or early next spring. "As we all know, this has been a long process for us -- going on three years," Brandt said.
RUSHMORE -- As the wind howled and the turbines hummed, representatives of federal, state and local government clamored Monday afternoon inside one of five recently completed wind turbines in Section 5 of Ransom Township, south of Rushmore, to celebrate Earth Day. Wolf Wind Farm was established as a family partnership between Ryan Wolf, his sister, Gina, their parents, Mike and Cindy, and grandfather Joe.
WORTHINGTON -- Despite the well-intentioned efforts of a group of local residents, Worthington's historic Central Elementary School can't dodge the wrecking ball. Friends of Central School, established more than three years ago to raise funds for the building's renovation, has been unable to reach its goal of $300,000 in public donations. At the same time, the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership (SWMHP) was turned down for two grants to help rehabilitate the building.
ADRIAN -- What would you do if terrorists struck your community? Would you know where to go if a tornado wiped out your town?
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County Developmental Achievement Center will host a public open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday to celebrate the completion of its expansion and remodeling project. The expansion nearly doubled the facility at 2121 Nobles St., which serves as a day training and rehabilitation facility. The DAC provides vocational training services to adults with disabilities, including those with physical handicaps and mental illness. Bob Schreiber, DAC director, said the addition of 4,000 square feet was greatly needed.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday officially delayed the reconstruction of Nobles County 35 from Rushmore to Adrian until 2007. The decision came after Public Works Director Steve Schnieder announced that reports had not yet been submitted to the county by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Corps of Engineers. "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is very close to submitting its biological findings to us," Schnieder said, referring to a study the agency conducted on the potential impact of the Topeka Shiner, a federally endangered species.
BIGELOW -- Sibley-Ocheyedan High School senior Lindsay Nasers will represent Iowa at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., this October. One week ago, the rural Bigelow teen earned first place for her proficiency records in swine production placement during the Iowa FFA Convention in Ames. The Nasers name is synonymous with pork production in this corner of northwest Iowa, with Lindsay's grandfather and two great uncles serving as the foundation of the family's swine business.