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 -- This summer's heat has taken its toll on crops, livestock, pets and people, but it seems to have made at least one species thrive -- the mosquito. Mosquitoes, specifically the Culex tarsalis, which are prevalent in drier areas such as the Dakotas and western Minnesota, transmit the West Nile Virus (WNV) to both humans and animals.
WORTHINGTON -- With the Minnesota 60 four-lane project from north of Bigelow through Worthington delayed until 2015 at the earliest, it would seem there is plenty of time for alterations to the proposed route. Nobles County commissioners invited Minnesota Department of Transportation's Peter Harff, Minnesota 60 project manager, to their meeting Tuesday to discuss concerns with the existing proposal and request a second look be taken at a bypass option on the city's west side. "I firmly feel we need another look," said Commissioner David Benson, who pointed out the entire four-lane expansion
LUVERNE -- Spc. Andrew Hanson couldn't hold back the emotions as his friends exited their bus following a nearly four-hour road trip from Fort McCoy, Wis., to a welcome home ceremony in Fairmont Monday morning. His fellow soldiers in the 1-125th STRIKE Battalion hadn't been told of Hanson's two-week release from Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- What has four wheels that don't rotate and needs three grown men to move it? The answer would be a wooden tractor constructed by Kevin Huss, a 17-year-old from Ashton and a member of the Gilman Jr. Farmers 4-H Club. The tractor is just one of the many projects on display in the 4-H building during the Osceola County Fair in Sibley. The fair continues through Saturday. Huss, who has exhibited in the woodworking project area for the past five years, said the tractor has been his most challenging project with wood.
WORTHINGTON -- The sounds of rain tapping against windows and water rushing through rain gutters brought a deluge of relief to southwest Minnesotans Wednesday afternoon, but no one could be more excited about the welcome weather than crop producers. It had been nearly a month since storm clouds dropped moisture, and results have been evident in cornfields up and down the region's rural roads.
BREWSTER -- The Brewster Community Club is hoping to see its town bursting with people this weekend during the annual Brewster Fun Days. The family themed event gets under way at 5 p.m. Friday and ends with the Brewster Fireman's annual pancake breakfast at the American Legion Sunday morning. Food booths in the park shelter open at 5 p.m. Friday and include pizza and pop provided by the Sioux Valley-Round Lake-Brewster sophomore class, while registration for the kids' pedal tractor pull begins at 5 p.m. at the park's tennis court. The eighth annual Kiddee Pedal Pull begins at 5:30 p.m.
LUVERNE -- Congressman Tim Walz announced on Monday the approval of a $156,750 federal grant for Luverne's Quentin Aanenson Field. The money will be used to fund the design and engineering costs associated with a planned $3 million runway project at the airport. Luverne was one of two Minnesota communities to receive federal grants. "These grants will greatly expand travel options for the people of Luverne and Rushford and ensure that they continue to have access to safe and economical air travel," said Walz, who represents the 1st District.
WORTHINGTON -- Between Jan. 1, 2005, and Dec. 31, 2006, Nobles-Rock Community Health Services issued five citations to businesses selling tobacco products to minors. In just the past couple of months, the agency has cited seven violators, and checks are continuing yet this week in Rock County. The increase in violations is somewhat alarming to Jason Kloss, NRCHS sanitarian.
EDGERTON -- They were crafted from plywood and steel, cardboard and cast iron, and ran on narrow bicycle tires and wide and well-worn lawnmower wheels. It was the first-ever Soapbox Derby in Edgerton Saturday morning -- part of the community's annual Dutch Festival. Commented one spectator at the derby, "We should have started this 20 years ago." With a section of Pipestone County 18 closed off for the event -- an area referred to by locals as Mill Hill -- an entourage of 17 soapbox cars competed against each other. Two by two, the cars toed the line at the top of the hill, hoisted up on c
WORTHINGTON -- There seemed to be something for everyone at this year's International Festival in Worthington, whether you tapped your toes to the Concord Singers' German tunes Friday night or watched with amazement the martial arts moves of Thein Long Mon Saturday afternoon. The two-day festival on the lawn of the Nobles County Government Center was filled with children Saturday as games and crafts took over the northwest lawn.