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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WORTHINGTON — With voters in ISD 518 voting overwhelmingly against a $79 million facilities bond referendum just months ago, it seemed fitting that Lt. Gov. Tina Smith would visit Worthington High School Thursday afternoon to garner support for an agriculture property tax credit in Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed tax bill.
WORTHINGTON — Lutheran Social Services celebrated its 10th anniversary of providing nutritious meals to local seniors Wednesday, with representatives of the Worthington City Council and Nobles County Board of Commissioners sharing in a meatloaf dinner while hearing a bit of history about the program. The Nutrition Program was created more than 40 years ago by Western Community Action. Worthington, along with Redwood Falls and Marshall, were the first three sites to open in 1974. Today, 40 sites are located within Region 8.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa — A native of northwest Iowa has earned the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. Theodore Breuker, who was born in Sibley, Iowa, and graduated from Central Lyon High School in Rock Rapids, was honored in a ceremony at the Pentagon last July. He currently serves as Deputy Director of Antiterrorism Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Homeland Defense and Global Security at the Pentagon.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Jim Willers, a rural Beaver Creek farmer and chairman of the New Uses Action Team for the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, is leading a See For Yourself mission trip to the 14th annual National Biodiesel Conference this week in San Diego. The group of 25 Minnesotans taking part range from soybean farmers to mechanics and fuel industry representatives. They spent Monday learning the latest in legislative information about the biodiesel industry.
WILMONT — Mike and Melissa Einck of rural Wilmont are expecting their second child in mid-February, and while a new baby brings eager anticipation, this time around these parents are also facing many fears. A routine ultrasound in November revealed a possible heart defect in their unborn child, setting the Eincks down a path for which no parent is ever prepared.
WORTHINGTON — How much money did you make in 2016? Care to say that figure out loud, or are you among the majority of people who would say it’s nobody’s business? Working in the public sector, where your paycheck is the very result of your friends and neighbors — and even you — paying taxes, the amount of money you earn is a matter of public record.
LUVERNE — The Blue Mounds State Park may be southwest Minnesota’s gem on the prairie, but some of its amenities have lost their lustre. Rotting beams in the park’s interpretive center forced its doors to shutter in 2015, and e.coli bacteria present in both the existing well and a new well dug in late 2014 has forced visitors to bring in bottled water and campers to leave the park to take a shower.
HERON LAKE — The Heron Lake Watershed District is in search of willing landowners in each of its four counties — Nobles, Jackson, Murray and Cottonwood — to participate in a new research program focusing on cover crops.
WORTHINGTON — From photographs of car hops at the local A&W drive-in to images from King Turkey Day parades and employees of local businesses, the Nobles County Historical Society is seeking the public’s help in identifying individuals in hundreds of photographs in its collection.
WORTHINGTON — For the second consecutive year, a Worthington High School agriculture teacher and FFA advisor has been awarded a Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) grant to advance agriculture education in the high school. Matt Tripp was notified in December that his grant application was approved to receive a $3,000 grant. The money will be used to purchase equipment to aid in leading the CASE curriculum.