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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ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa -- One day after Lyon County Sheriff Blythe Bloemendaal led a press conference to announce the real name of the Jane Doe discovered 27 years ago near Rock Rapids, there was a possible break in the case. Friday afternoon, the sheriff's department issued a statement saying that a phone call was received from a young woman claiming to be the daughter of Wilma June Nissen. According to the press release, the sheriff's department has verified most of the information the caller gave and believes it to be true. "The final test will be a DNA match, which we are in the process of d
WORTHINGTON -- It seems the proclamations are everywhere you look in the grocery store these days -- "Contains 0 Trans Fat" or "No Trans Fat." But what you may not know is those proclamations are made possible thanks to the soybean varieties crop producers plant in their farm fields. Minnesota Soybean Processors, of rural Brewster, is participating in a cutting-edge program that will add value to the soybeans grown here in the Midwest. At the same time, soybean growers will help to make food healthier for consumers. As of Jan.
WORTHINGTON -- Where to house the county's emergency management director -- and whether to add more responsibilities to the position -- were at the heart of a discussion Tuesday morning between members of the Nobles County Board of Commissioners and Worthington City Council. Commissioners, at each of their last two meetings, tabled a request by Sheriff Kent Wilkening to move the office of the emergency management director to the Prairie Justice Center from its current post at the Nobles County Government Center. Wilkening would like to see the office moved before a new emergency management d
WORTHINGTON -- The Southwestern Minnesota Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is planning to do something this year that it has never done before -- complete homes in two different counties. The chapter, which consists of Nobles, Rock and Pipestone counties, ordinarily operates on a three-year rotation, building one home each summer.
LUVERNE -- In the land of 10,000 lakes, it's difficult for some to understand why drinking water is such a precious commodity here in southwest Minnesota. Though work continues on the Lewis and Clark water system, state agencies are looking at other avenues to conserve and protect the region's water supply. One of those avenues newly available to rural landowners is the second sign-up of the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP II).
WORTHINGTON -- After considerable discussion at Tuesday morning's Nobles County Board meeting, commissioners once again tabled a request to move the office of the county emergency management director to a location within the sheriff's department at the Prairie Justice Center. Sheriff Kent Wilkening, who posed the request to commissioners in late January, presented a letter outlining his reasons to move the post during Tuesday's meeting.
WORTHINGTON -- A space heater is blamed for a fire that destroyed a Worthington home Sunday night and left two people without a place to live. Worthington Fire Department members were called shortly after 8 p.m. to the Guadalupe Garza Hernandez home at 1101 Eighth Ave. and found smoke billowing from the doors, windows, chimney and roof seams. Firefighters remained on the scene for about 90 minutes, according to chief Rick Von Holdt. Hernandez, whose boyfriend lived with her, was the only one home when the fire broke out.
SHELDON, Iowa -- Nearly four months after citizen soldiers of the 2168th Transportation Company were welcomed home to Sheldon in grand fashion, a Freedom Salute was conducted in their honor Sunday morning. The men and women of the National Guard unit gathered -- with their families at their sides -- in what Maj. Chuck Connors called one of the largest Army recognition endeavors in history.
LUVERNE -- With the historic Palace Theater in Luverne deeply in need of renovation and rehabilitation, city leaders are turning to the state legislature for help. The Luverne City Council has hired the Minneapolis-based law firm of Flaherty and Hood to serve as lobbyists on behalf of the city in its attempt to initiate a half-cent sales tax. The tax, which Luverne City Administrator John Call said would likely remain in place for 20 years, would be used to pay off a proposed $2.5 million bond.
WORTHINGTON -- Ryan and Cindy Gravenhof, of rural Worthington, will represent Minnesota at the upcoming Commodity Classic after being named the state's American Soybean Association/DuPont Young Leaders. The honor was presented to them during the annual meeting of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association at MN Ag Expo Jan. 23 in Morton.