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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LUVERNE -- With no director yet in place to lead Nobles-Rock Community Health Services, board members on Wednesday discussed ongoing efforts to fill the post. In addition to advertising for a director, the board is in the process of seeking requests for proposals from health agencies throughout the region to provide the agency with administrative management services. Karen Pfeifer, NRCHS chair, said requests for proposals were due to NRCHS by April 1, although Nobles County Administrator Mel Ruppert said at least one of the interested parties indicated it would not be able to gather all of t
SIBLEY, Iowa -- "911, What is your emergency?" the dispatcher asks the caller. On the other end of the line is a 6-year-old girl, crying that her mommy's old boyfriend is in the house. He yelled at, hit and hurt her mommy. The little girl is screaming ... crying ... her voice is trembling.
WORTHINGTON -- During a joint videoconference Tuesday morning, Nobles and Rock county commissioners approved spending $15,000 of Buffalo Ridge Regional Rail Authority reserves to help improve the short-line railroad that operates between the two counties. The funds, to be paired with a $15,000 contribution from the shipper's association -- money that will also be taken from the rail authority's reserves -- will pay for needed improvements on two bridges along the rail line.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County landowners have several opportunities to help protect marginal farming ground through programs offered by the Farm Service Agency and the Soil and Water Conservation District. Opportunities such as the Conservation Reserve Program and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program II allow producers to get paid to take marginal land out of production. The FSA office is now conducting a re-enrollment and extension sign-up for producers. Eleven producers in Nobles County qualify for the re-enrollment option, while one qualifies for an extension.
WORTHINGTON -- Crop producers, landowners, assessors and realtors have a new and improved tool when it comes to placing a value on farming ground in Minnesota. For years, offices such as the Natural Resource Conservation Service and Soil and Water Conservation District have maintained written records on the soil types and topographical maps of land within the county.
LAKEFIELD -- When Kelli Daberkow of Lakefield was accepted into the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) program 18 months ago, she had no idea the experience would take her to China. Daberkow, one of 31 participants in MARL III, returned home Wednesday from the 14-day international trip.
WORTHINGTON -- Most people, at one time in their life, have felt like an outcast.
WORTHINGTON -- For the first time since its inception, a Worthington High School student has been named a state finalist in the Triple A Awards program. Chad Vaske, a WHS senior, will represent the school and Region 2AA at the state recognition banquet in Minneapolis March 25. The Triple A Awards were developed in 1988 to honor students who excel in the areas of academics, athletics and fine arts.
LITTLE ROCK, Iowa -- Ryan Odens has two goals this year -- to travel to every state in the U.S., and to coax farm implement manufacturer John Deere into becoming a corporate sponsor for Easter Seals. Those goals may sound lofty to most, but are especially so for Odens, who nearly six years ago suffered injuries so severe he was told by doctors numerous times he would never walk again. If there's one thing this 29-year-old farmer from Little Rock has learned, it's that one should never say never. That message will travel with Odens throughout this year as he fulfills his role as the 2006 Adu
WORTHINGTON -- The actual number of jobs in bioscience may be small compared to those available in other industries, but the research and work performed in the field has a far-reaching impact. That was one of the messages Dale Wahlstrom delivered to visitors of the Second Annual Regional Biosciences Conference Friday morning at Worthington Senior High School. Wahlstrom is employed by Minneapolis-based Medtronic and serves as chairman of the executive committee for BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota.