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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ASHTON, Iowa -- Nearly two years after Otter Creek Ethanol began production outside the northwest Iowa community of Ashton, the plant has announced plans for a major expansion project, more than doubling its capacity. Dean Van Riesen, the plant's general manager, said the plant will grow from a nameplate capacity of 45 million gallons per year to 100 million gallons. No timeline has been set for the construction and completion of the project. "The most obvious reason why we made the decision ... is everything is going very well and staff is performing very well," Van Riesen said.
LUVERNE -- Imagine taking all of those corn stalks and chaff that propel from the back side of a combine during harvest and turning it into a clean-burning fuel for your vehicle. The idea is hoped to become a reality for a Luverne father and son who are proposing to construct a corn stover refinery in this central Rock County community. Loren Forrest and his son, Russell, want to make ethanol from what most farmers consider the trash left behind after harvesting corn fields.
WORTHINGTON -- If the number of parents in attendance at Tuesday night's town hall meeting on underage drinking was any indication, few people under the age of 21 are consuming alcohol in Worthington. Unfortunately, that is not the case. In 2004, the last year for which statistics are available, 64.5 percent of high school seniors had used alcohol at some point within the previous 12-month period.
ADRIAN -- Carson Sink, Black Rock Desert and Yucca Flats are physical features found in which arid state? Do you know the answer? Here's a hint -- it is the home state of sin city and is a gambler's paradise. If it took the hint for you to come up with the correct answer of Nevada, you probably wouldn't do so well in the annual Geography Bee. Two students from the area are among 99 Minnesota kids who will compete in the state Geography Bee Friday at Macalester College in Minneapolis. Justin Feit, an eighth-grader from Adrian Middle School, and Sam Beech, a sixth-grader from Murray County
WORTHINGTON -- Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization (PAS) members returned to the Minnesota West Community and Technical College campus in Worthington with multiple honors following the National PAS Convention in St. Louis, Mo., March 14-18. After a week-long spring break, PAS members Sawyer Bargfrede, Jeff Carman and Lucas Hanson brought their hardware to campus Monday. Hanson and Carman paired up to garner second place in the national crops judging team contest, with Hanson notching high individual honors.
ADRIAN -- Ensuring the public a quality, wholesome food product has been a part of Don Shorter's life for more than 20 years. A U.S.D.A. meat inspector, Shorter has traveled throughout southwest Minnesota -- inspecting everything from hogs and cattle to chickens and turkeys -- in plants stretching from Luverne to Marshall to Butterfield.
OCHEYEDAN, Iowa -- Seven months after a motor vehicle accident left Melvin Loeschen paralyzed from the waist down, the Ocheyedan man is intent on getting back a part of the lifestyle he lost. On Aug. 23, 2005, Loeschen was on his way home when he drifted off to sleep and his pickup truck veered off a blacktop county road east of Bigelow. "I woke up and was heading for the ditch," recalled Loeschen earlier this week, sitting in a hospital bed that fills a portion of his living room. The truck landed on its wheels in the ditch -- it didn't roll, it didn't hit anything.
WORTHINGTON -- When Princess Kay of the Milky Way Rebekah Dammann removed a baby bottle from her black duffle bag -- and then pulled out a bottle a dairy calf drinks from -- students in Jody Madsen's sixth-grade classroom couldn't contain their amazement. "Whoa," several students said aloud. Other kids giggled and pointed at the size difference. One student guessed that it would take about four hours for a calf to drink all of the milk in the two-quart plastic bottle.
LUVERNE -- Despite objections voiced by three community residents, the Luverne City Council Tuesday evening unanimously approved a conditional use permit for Dan Dingmann to construct a funeral home on the former Fledgling Field along U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- One works alongside his brother in a co-owned landscaping operation.