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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Prairie Elementary students learned about animals, crops and farms at Agriculture Day Thursday, with help from the FFA.
WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota's Freedom to Breathe Act takes effect on Monday, and members of Clean Air For Everyone (CAFE) in Nobles County and Safe Air For Everyone (SAFE) in Rock County are gearing up for a celebration of Monday night football, fun and fresh air. The groups invite the public to events Monday night at Cole's in Worthington, The Bullpen in Adrian, Magnolia Steakhouse in Luverne and the Beaver Bar in Beaver Creek.
WORTHINGTON -- The nearly 1 inch of rain that fell in some areas of the region on Monday has kept many farmers out of their fields this week, although some are hopeful to be back in the combine today. Tim Hansberger, who farms north of Worthington, said he and his dad started harvesting soybeans last Friday. They combined about 240 acres before the rain came. "It's still too wet out there," Hansberger said Wednesday afternoon. "The ground is too soft, and the beans are too tough yet.
OCHEYEDAN, Iowa -- Under renovation for nearly three years, an Osceola County barn is once again in its glory as a red-sided, white-roofed beacon on the Harrison Township prairie. The barn, built in 1917, is unlike most of the barns in the area, say its owners Carrie and Ed Jones of rural Ocheyedan. "Most aren't nearly this big -- they're about half this size," said Carrie, whose great-grandparents purchased the farm back in 1937. The barn measures 83 feet long and 53 feet wide.
LUVERNE -- Whether they were students of art, teachers of art or art entrepreneurs, the nearly 40 exhibitors at the first Art Rocks fine arts festival in Luverne on Saturday enjoyed sharing their works with the public. The show and sale featured a wide range of mediums, from pottery and paintings to jewelry and photography. While artists came from as far away as Nebraska, many hailed from Rock County and nearby Sioux Falls, S.D. Sandra Dowie, organizer of the event, had two booths filled with an array of hand-crafted pottery and paintings.
WORTHINGTON -- Eight-year-old Francisco Campillo wrapped his arms so tight around the neck of his Suffolk sheep during mutton bustin' that he nearly brought the animal down with him when he started to slide off the side after the sheep darted all the way across the arena. More than 25 kids, weighing 70 pounds or less, tried to ride like the big boys during the Xtreme Bull Riding's intermission event at the Nobles County Fairgrounds grandstand Saturday night. Campillo was all smiles when he stepped out of the arena following the ride, changing the standard issue bicycle helmet for all mutton
ROUND LAKE -- Far from the gently rolling hills of Napa Valley, Calif., and the aged, yet fruitful vineyards throughout Italy, grape vines are cropping up amid the corn and soybean fields of southwest Minnesota. The state is home to more than 20 commercial wineries, and while three vineyards have recently been established within a 25-mile radius of Worthington, each of the entreprenuers is a year or two away from bottling wine. Chad and Lori Wiener of rural Fulda planted 75 grape vines on their farm in 2006, and added another 500 vines this spring on about an acre of land along Jack Creek.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A 1965 graduate of Worthington High School, Vietnam veteran and Washington, D.C., restaurateur Hal Koster received national recognition in mid-August as the VFW's 2007 Citizenship Award recipient. The award was presented during the VFW's annual convention in Kansas City, Mo. While "very honored" to be recognized, Koster is quick to say he doesn't feel worthy to receive such prestigious recognition.
WORTHINGTON -- Rustle up your Wranglers, pull out the plaid shirt and dust off your cowboy hat ... it's time for some Xtreme bull riding in Worthington. The Nobles County Fairgrounds will serve as host to the Minnesota Xtreme Bull Riding Tour finals this Saturday and Sunday. Twenty top bull riders from across Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin will compete for $7,000 in cash and prizes in the event, which culminates a season-long 12 competitions across the state. "You have to qualify in order to come to the finals," said Tom Meyeraan of Fulda, promoter of the event.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County commissioners rescinded a decision made during their Sept. 4 meeting and voted unanimously Tuesday to cover expenses incurred by rural Worthington farmer Jerry Breuker for a damaged tile line on property Breuker farms along Nobles County 35. The tile originally ran parallel to Nobles County 35, but when the road was reconstructed in 2005, they opted to move the line onto private property.