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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RUSHMORE -- Shirley Lupkes held her hand out and made a fist Tuesday afternoon demonstrating just how large some of the hail stones were that pummeled the family's farm in Section 16 of Ransom Township Monday night. In a narrow band estimated by neighbors to be about a half-mile wide and roughly 8 miles in length, hail and high winds stripped crops, flattened corn fields, toppled trees, shattered windows and destroyed a century-old barn. On Tuesday afternoon, residents in Ransom Township were picking up the pieces. Lupkes and her husband, Richard, were clearing downed trees and branches lef
WORTHINGTON -- Much of southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa remained in a flash flood watch Monday as the region endured anywhere from an inch to 8.5 inches of rainfall between early Saturday morning and Monday afternoon. With the soil already saturated and rain showers and thunderstorms in the forecast at least through Thursday, the National Weather Service is encouraging people to be mindful of surface flooding. Jim Laffrenzen, Worthington's director of Public Works, said Monday his crews spent minimal time dealing with street flooding over the weekend. "We really didn't have any issues
LUVERNE -- In conjunction with the world premiere of the Ken Burns film documentary of "The War" at the Palace Theatre in Luverne on Sept. 6, a book of works featuring the man who supplied much of the historical reference for the Midwest segment will be released. Selections of columns written between 1941 to 1945 by Al McIntosh, then-editor of the Rock County Star Herald in Luverne, have been compiled in a 272-page book, "Selected Chaff: The Wartime Columns of Al McIntosh," published by Zenith Press. The book will be available Sept.
WINDOM -- They came from as far away as Baudette, Pleasantville, Iowa, and DeSmet, S.D., hauling with them some of their most prized possessions -- their donkeys and mules. For the second year in a row, Windom has played host to the Minnesota State Donkey and Mule Show, with 33 exhibitors and a total of 42 mules and donkeys taking part in an all-day show that began at 8:30 a.m.
While the complex issues in agriculture today couldn't possibly be solved in a day, they never-the-less generated good discussion among attendees at an Agroecology Summit Friday on the fifth-generation Willow Lake Farm near Windom. Tony Thompson, the farm's owner and host of the summit, told the more than 50 people who gathered under shade trees for a series of morning panelists that "it is a good time to be thinking about what we are doing" in regard to land use. Invited speakers ranged from an ethanol plant manager to representatives from the Nature Conservancy, Department of Natural Resou
OCHEYEDAN, Iowa -- The power of machines and people seem to be the theme of Ocheyedan's Days of Olde celebration that kicks off today and continues through Sunday. There's a tractor pull, a truck pull, an antique tractor pull and a kids' pedal pull, all over the course of three days, intermingled with plenty of other activities for the entire family. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. today, with a community barbecue in the city park. Serving will go until 7 p.m. with a menu of barbecued pork sandwiches, hot dogs, baked beans, chips, ice cream and a drink.
WORTHINGTON -- Students on the fast track toward a nursing degree from South Dakota State University, Brookings, were in Worthington Tuesday morning to present their final reports after conducting studies within the community for the past five weeks. The students, working in collaboration with Nobles-Rock Community Health Services, compiled data on Worthington's demographics and offered the agency ideas on how to combat what appear to be unhealthy trends in the community. "I really feel we do things that will help the agency," said SDSU nursing instructor Rebecca Maurer, who brought her firs
WORTHINGTON -- The Southwest Minnesota WorkForce Council launched a new Web site Monday geared to educate students and job-seeking adults about career possibilities right in their own backyard. Ron Wood, Minnesota West Community and Technical College president and chair of the WorkForce Council's education committee, said the goal of the new project is to keep southwest Minnesotans from migrating out of the region to find work. "One of the things we've found ... if we go to Minnesota Job Bank, there's several hundred openings in southwest Minnesota," said Wood.
One of the greatest features of the Nobles County Fair is walking through the 4-H exhibit buildings and admiring the projects the 4-H youths have completed for display. This year, fairgoers are in for an extra-special treat inside Benton Hall, where two Okabena Bees 4-H Club members garnered grand champion and reserve grand champion overall honors with their wood shop masterpieces. Tim Bents took top honors with his original design of a combination china cabinet and gun case, while Alex Ling earned reserve with a pattern-adapted roll-top desk.
WORTHINGTON -- In the first pie baking contest at the Nobles County Fair, Open Class foods superintendents Vonnie Rutgers and Dorothy Adolph were surprised at the number of entrants -- two dozen variations on an old American favorite, the apple pie. "This is something brand new for us," said Rutgers, adding she had the idea for the contest after seeing a successful event at the neighboring Murray County Fair.