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 -- While Minnesota has yet to report its first official influenza case of the season, Nobles-Rock Community Health Services (NRCHS) has received nearly all of its requested doses of flu vaccine and anticipates vaccination clinics will open soon throughout the two-county area. Cindy Frederickson, public health nurse, told members of the NRCHS board on Wednesday the agency has received 700 of the 900 doses ordered.
WORTHINGTON -- A stately white barn on the Don and Verla Larson farm southwest of Sibley has withstood wind, rain and hail through three generations of the Larson family, and with a new coat of white paint, it is hoped to continue on as a testament to farm life for future generations. In recent years, however, Verla Larson had a feeling there was something missing from the 1928 structure. It needed a touch of color.
WORTHINGTON -- During the annual Community Health Conference Sept. 26 at Cragun's Resort north of Brainerd, Worthington's Karen Pfeifer was presented the Award for Outstanding Dedication to Local Public Health. She is the 10th individual and the first consumer (non-elected position) chosen for the state award.
ST. PAUL -- Hundreds of thousands of people saw her head carved in a 90-pound block of butter at the Minnesota State Fair in 2003, and after the MN150 project opens at the Minnesota History Center in St.
WORTHINGTON -- Four months after a fall left Daryl Hilfers with a broken neck and injuries so severe doctors thought he would never walk again, the Worthington man is getting around with the aid of a cane and a brace that stretches from his waist to the base of his head. A benefit will be hosted for Hilfers and his family from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Worthington, with matching funds offered by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
HERON LAKE -- More than three years have passed since plans were announced to build the state's first coal-fired ethanol plant at Heron Lake, and while a few kinks continue to be worked out, the plant is now in business. "It's just a pleasure to be operational," said Robert Ferguson, president of Heron Lake BioEnergy (HLBE) on Wednesday. Nearly three years and three months after an equity drive kicked off plans to construct the 50-million gallon ethanol plant on the outskirts of Heron Lake, Ferguson said, "It's quite a window.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County commissioners opted to move up the purchase of a new patrol car after the sheriff 's department's K-9 squad car was involved in a rollover early Saturday morning. Sheriff Kent Wilkening said it appears the vehicle may be declared a total loss for insurance purposes based on the extent of the damage. He requested a new squad car be ordered by the end of next week to access the state bid, which is soon to expire.
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DOVRAY -- It started out as a place to store decorations for the community's annual Uff Da Days celebration, and in the 23 years that followed, a small building on Dovray's main drag has been transformed into a café, township hall, 4-H Club house and site for city council meetings. For a town the size of Dovray, population 67, the building's use is a true testament to community spirit in rural America. Delores Schmitt, an original Dovray Booster Club member, admits she can't believe an idea proposed back in 1983 has continued for this long -- still garnering the support of residents not only
WORTHINGTON --With three days remaining before Minnesota restaurants, bars and indoor public spaces are required to be smoke-free, establishments throughout the state, and here in southwest Minnesota, are gearing up for compliance. Business owners had several months to get acquainted with the new Freedom to Breathe legislation that takes effect Monday, and many have taken steps to educate their customers and appease those who still want to smoke. While some restaurants and bars have opted to create outdoor smoking areas, other businesses aren't making any special arrangements for their smoki