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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BREWSTER — The traditions of the Lao culture, from food to music and dance, were celebrated Saturday night at the Brewster Legion Hall as the Lao people and guests gathered to ring in the Year of the Rooster. For 26 years, Lao Americans from the tri-state area have gathered in southwest Minnesota to celebrate the Lao New Year. It’s a time to celebrate and to share in the culture of the Lao people who began settling in America 40 years ago.
SLAYTON — Downtown Slayton will be home to a new women’s fashion store when Persona Clothing Co. opens Thursday by owners Trish Kramer and her daughters, Kaitlyn Killoran and Elizabeth Kramer. The trio opened an online shop two years ago, with trade shows and pop-up shops included in their business model.
LUVERNE — Members of a citizen advisory group formed to discuss the future of Blue Mounds State Park has decided to continue its momentum by garnering support to re-establish a Friends of the Blue Mounds State Park organization.
WORTHINGTON — When University of Minnesota Extension Educator Melissa Runck talks about farm safety with children, she uses an “I Spy” safety hazards board filled with plastic farm animals, toy tractors and implements, farm trucks and trailers and plastic little people. As the students gather around the board, they are asked to find the obvious — and sometimes hidden — dangers on a farm.
WORTHINGTON — Farmers Mike and Steve Bousema raised concerns about the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District’s plans to develop the former Prairie View Golf Links property during a public hearing Wednesday night, causing the Nobles County Planning Commission to continue the hearing to May 17 so additional information can be gathered. Mike Bousema said he has tile from his agricultural land to the north and west outletting into a reservoir on the property.
WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Board of Adjustment approved three requests for landowners to vary from required setbacks to either construct new buildings or complete building additions during a Wednesday night meeting in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON — Representatives from Lismore Cooperative Telephone Co. appeared before Nobles County commissioners during a work session Tuesday with a request to help finance $2.5 to $3 million of the Nobles County Broadband project. LCTC was awarded a nearly $3 million grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development in January to deliver fiber to unserved areas in Nobles County. That’s combined with another $3 million LCTC has available to invest in the project.
WORTHINGTON — In a meeting of the Judicial Ditch 12 Drainage Authority Tuesday, commissioners from Nobles and Murray counties learned the repairs needed to fix JD 12 Lateral A — and to level off spoil stockpiles created decades ago — will cost the counties an estimated $55,000.
WORTHINGTON — When Wayne Smith interviewed with Nobles County in 1992, he was asked if he had any questions about the job. He had one. “I asked what the most important part of my job was,” he recalled. After the county commissioners put their heads together and agreed on an answer, they told Smith his job was “to protect the environment — now and into the future.”
WORTHINGTON — When it comes to famous Minnesota musicians, most people put Prince and Bob Dylan at the top of the list. But years before Prince was born and at a time when Dylan was just learning to toddle, the Andrews Sisters of Mound had taken over the airwaves.