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 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.
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.
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.
WORTHINGTON -- It is rare that a community library can boast books written by a local author, but what Jackie Van Horsen, children's librarian at Nobles County Library, has learned is that it's even more rare to find the books still on the shelf. Since receiving a copy of Sherry Benton's November 2005 release, "The Story of Foxy Sox," Van Horsen said children have had the book continuously checked out. Wednesday afternoon, Van Horsen accepted a copy of Benton's second book, "The Story of Dew Drop and His Little Nose." This particular gift is one that is hoped to keep on giving for children s
WORTHINGTON -- They paraded by fellow students single file -- decorated by class theme in brightly-colored leis for a luau, googly-eyed glasses and tie-dyed T-shirts -- most of them grinning from ear to ear. Wednesday marked the first day of February, but for students at Worthington's Prairie Elementary, it meant the kickoff to "I Love to Read" Month. An opening ceremony in the school's gymnasium Wednesday morning included the official passing of the torch, the reading of "Tacky and the Olympic Games," and a song set to the tune of "YMCA" in which students sang, "Find one ...
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa -- A proposal to consolidate USDA Farm Service Agency offices across the country is once again being pitched -- albeit at a much less aggressive stance than last fall, when Congress blocked plans for the agency's reorganization under the so-called FSA Tomorrow idea. Teresa Lasseter, the new Farm Service Agency (FSA) administrator, said in an interview with The Associated Press that the consolidation of some county offices is necessary to provide producers with better service.
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington Regional Hospital diagnosed its first case of influenza Monday afternoon in an adult with a 103-degree fever. Dr. Greg Hoversten, director of emergency room care at the hospital, said the patient was diagnosed with Influenza A. It's the first documented case in the area, he said. "We've been looking for it all winter," Hoversten said, adding that the influenza has reached epidemic proportions out west.
WORTHINGTON -- Officials who work in Nobles County's juvenile justice system believe an upcoming assessment will confirm their suspicions -- that there are a disproportionate number of children of color entering the courts system. What they hope to learn is why there is disparity and, perhaps more importantly, what can be done to keep minorities from becoming criminals. Nobles County was one of two counties in Minnesota asked to take part in an assessment on minority representation in the juvenile justice system.
WORTHINGTON -- Most people today equate Lake Okabena with windsurfing, jet skiing and fishing, but at one time, the lake served as one of the major sources of ice for railroad cars transporting perishables, meat processing facilities and even the small ice boxes people had in their homes. This month marks the 55th anniversary of the last ice harvest on Lake Okabena -- a bit of trivia one of Worthington's native sons is betting that few recall. Monday night, Tim Graf will return to Worthington to present a history lesson on the local ice harvests.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- With a state-imposed March 15 deadline for counties to submit their budgets for 2006-2007, Osceola County public safety commissioners said their backs were up against the wall as they settled on a law enforcement budget Wednesday night. The agreed-upon budget, which has yet to be approved by the county's board of supervisors, was set at $866,440 -- nearly $37,000 more than what the county and cities had offered for law enforcement.