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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$843,346 What it is: This is the amount of money Nobles County budgeted for buildings in 2017. What it was last year:$832,096 Total County Budget: $34,393,328 Percentage of total budget:2.4 percent
WORTHINGTON — During its final meeting of 2016, and with three council members completing their tenure, the Worthington City Council voted Tuesday night to prioritize the replacement of two bridges within city limits. The bridges — one on Fox Farm Road and the other on 10th Avenue over Whiskey Ditch — have sufficiency ratings of 62.8 and 63.6, respectively. Bridges with ratings of less than 80 are eligible for bridge bonding when money is available.
$8,202,478 What it is: This is the amount of money Nobles County budgeted for Community Services, which includes social services, public health and community corrections, in 2017. What it was last year:$8,089,397 Total County Budget: $34,393,328
$4,321,257 What it is: This is the amount Nobles County budgeted for public safety in 2017. What it was last year: $4,195,785. Total county budget: $34,393,328. Percentage of total budget: 12.56 percent
WORTHINGTON — Five and a half months after fire ravaged through Dyke’s Auto Salvage on the south side of Worthington, rebuilding the business is a work in progress. Fire broke out at the business on the morning of Friday, July 15. It started in the front shop and eventually spread to three surrounding buildings, including the office and two storage buildings.
$6,425,887 What it is: This is the amount of money Nobles County budgeted for general government in 2017. What it was last year:$5,975,025. Total County Budget: $34,393,328. Percentage of total budget: 18.7 percent.
WORTHINGTON — An early morning fire has left 10 people from two apartments homeless on Christmas Day in Worthington. A fire was discovered in an apartment attached to the former Video Lupita store at the intersection of Sherwood Street and East Avenue shortly after 3 a.m. today. The Worthington Fire Department was paged to the scene at 3:15 a.m. with information that the building was fully engulfed.
WORTHINGTON — He was a stickler for Robert’s Rules of Order, occasionally showed up for meetings in his work boots and stood by his convictions — even when he was the minority voice on the Nobles County Board of Commissioners. After 14 years of service to the residents of the county, Commissioner Marv Zylstra will wrap up his tenure at the end of the year. It wasn’t quite how he’d wanted to go out, losing the election in November after garnering enough support in the primary to make it a two-person race.
WORTHINGTON — Seventh- and eighth-grade students in the Mid-Level Alternative Program (MLAP) at Worthington’s Alternative Learning Center brought a little Christmas cheer to residents of Crossroads Care Center Thursday morning. Half a dozen students, along with teachers Mirtha Workman and Ethan Scheck, shared in a handful of holiday-themed games inside the lobby of the care center. They then distributed gifts to each of the center’s residents.
WORTHINGTON — In its final meeting of 2016, the Nobles County Board of Commissioners took care of a lot of housekeeping matters, including a vote on the 2017 budget and levy. Remaining unchanged from a budget hearing earlier this month, commissioners set the 2017 budget at $34,393,328, and approved a levy of $13,189,914, representing a 2.98 percent increase over 2016.