Julie Buntjer joined the 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 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 farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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WINDOM — In the land of 10,000 lakes and ample public lands for sportsmen, fishing and hunting have a tremendous impact on Minnesota’s economy. Yet, the agency tasked with ensuring those outdoor activities remain viable is facing a financial shortfall.
WORTHINGTON — A Worthington businessman appeared before the Nobles County Planning Commission Wednesday night after some neighbors raised concern about the number of vehicles he has parked on his acreage. Jose Vasquez, who owns an automobile repair shop along Worthington’s First Avenue, has more than 100 vehicles stored on his acreage in the southwest quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 23, Elk Township.
OKABENA — With increased interest in locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, the Heron Lake-Okabena FFA Chapter is taking on a grow-your-own project with the creation of a school garden in Okabena.
EDGERTON — Surrounded by farm fields, livestock producers and massive turbines that harvest the wind, agricultural roots run deep in Edgerton. It seems rather surprising then that until last fall, the local public high school didn’t offer an agricultural curriculum. Nathan Thompson is changing that.
LUVERNE — A pair of Luverne women with a passion for health and wellness are teaming up to garner support for creation of a food co-op in the community. With plans for a public input meeting tonight (6:30-7:30 p.m. at Hilger Commons, 215 N. Cedar St., Luverne) and another from noon to 1 p.m. March 15, at the same location, they hope to provide education about and seek input on the needs and wants in a food cooperative.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County will soon be home to a veterans transport vehicle, following a decision Tuesday by county commissioners. Trent Dilks, transportation director for the Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota, along with Nobles County Veterans Service Officer Bill Brockberg, appeared before the county board to bring the much-needed service to the southwest corner of the state.
WORTHINGTON — Picture the perfect Italian restaurant — the lights are dimmed, the candles are lit, the music is lively and the food, the food is simply amazing. Unfortunately, this isn’t the Italian restaurant of your dreams.
OKABENA — The Brewster Fire and Rescue and Heron Lake Fire departments responded to a house fire Monday afternoon at 86806 340th Ave., west of Okabena. Brewster Fire Chief John Garmer said the unoccupied, empty two-story farm house was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived on the scene. They were dispatched at 3:35 p.m. after a passerby noticed the blaze.
REGIONAL — In rural communities across southwest Minnesota, getting from Point A to Point B can be a struggle for those who rely on public transportation or their own feet to get them where they need to go. As communities develop ways to address the needs — from walking paths to destinations like work or shopping, to expanding hours of taxi service — they need to hear from residents about what is working and what still needs to be done.
LUVERNE — In early January 1976, singer Barry Manilow topped the Billboard chart with “I write the songs.”