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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WORTHINGTON — With five bids received, Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday accepted a bid from Clair Van Grouw Construction, Worthington, to renovate the Adrian Branch Library. Van Grouw submitted the low bid of $220,191 for the work. Nobles County Library Director Clint Wolthuizen said bids were opened Jan. 12, with three bids received from Sioux Falls, S.D., and one bid from a contractor in Marshall.
WORTHINGTON — A potentially contentious issue over which direction water flows from a parcel of land in Bigelow Township led Nobles County commissioners, acting as the county’s drainage authority, to table a nearly hour-long meeting Tuesday to allow the property owner to gather more information.
WORTHINGTON — The Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District on Monday will host the first of three public meetings this year to gather input on a management plan for Lake Ocheda. In recent years, the district’s board of managers has worked with representatives from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Shallow Lakes, Wildlife and Fisheries programs on a plan to improve the lake’s impaired waters.
REGIONAL — After publishing a story in Monday’s edition about the amount of money paid to public officials serving Nobles County, the city of Worthington and ISD 518, the Daily Globe reached out to neighboring counties in southwest Minnesota to gather salary information. In this article, we look solely at county salaries — those of county commissioners and of the administrator or coordinator.
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.