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 federal funds available and a deadline looming, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Nobles County will be promoting two of its programs at the fair in Worthington today through Sunday. The Conservation Stewardship Program has funds available to landowners to maintain and expand existing conservation practices on their farm.
WORTHINGTON -- The planned four-lane expansion of Minnesota 60 from Bigelow to Worthington is still on target to start in July 2010, and detour routes have now been announced for the next phase of construction. Peter Harff, MnDOT's Minnesota 60 project engineer, said Nobles County State Aid Highways 4 and 5 will be the posted detour for Minnesota 60 when construction starts next summer on the stretch from the Bigelow bypass to Paul Avenue. The blacktop road will remain the detour route through the end of the 2011 construction season.
WORTHINGTON -- It is 4-H non-livestock entry day at the fair today, which means the kick-off to the great Nobles County get-together is soon to be here. While the fair officially starts on Thursday, 4-H'ers will be busy getting their arts and crafts, photography, shop and a whole host of other projects judged this morning and into the afternoon. On Wednesday, anyone who is not in the 4-H program is invited to enter projects in the Nobles County Open Class division. Everything from foods to fruits and vegetables, grains, photography, fine arts and needlework will be accepted from 9 a.m.
WESTBROOK -- While it took little more than six months for Maynard's grocery store in Westbrook to reopen after a fire devastated the downtown business on July 5, 2008, general manager Gary Thompson said it seemed much longer. Perhaps that's because 60- to 70-mile-per-hour wind gusts rolled through the community on Oct. 12 and toppled the progress that had been made to rebuild the town's only food market. Despite the double whammy, the business reopened on Jan.
WORTHINGTON -- Faced with ever-expanding technology, many of today's grandparents and greatgrandparents are learning to do things a little bit differently than they may have in the past. Instead of writing out checks, they are using cash cards. Instead of referencing the card catalog at the library, they are looking information up on computers.
WORTHINGTON -- In less than two weeks, Nobles County commissioners will meet with each county department head to begin the process of finalizing the 2010 budget. As that date nears, county departments continue to scour expenses and revenues to meet a request commissioners made on June 30 -- that each department cut 10 to 15 percent from its budget in the coming year. Late last week, a schedule was circulated to department heads regarding the time of their presentation before the board.
WORTHINGTON -- A bridge along 210th Street in Larkin Township has been closed to vehicle traffic for 10 months because of its unsafe condition, and Nobles County Commissioner Diane Thier is wondering how much longer farmers will have to wait before the bridge is replaced. During Tuesday morning's Nobles County Board meeting, Thier asked county Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder if the bridge will be reopened in time for fall harvest. "Now we're getting into August," said Thier, wondering why, since the money is in place, there continues to be a delay. The construction contract was awar
WORTHINGTON -- Fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and whole grains are among the new items Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program recipients can access, thanks to changes in the federal program that took effect on Saturday. In Worthington, Nobles-Rock Community Health Nurse Barb Navara said Monday that WIC clinicians are spending more time with clients to explain the changes in the nutrition education program.
LUVERNE -- Katie Klosterbuer will lead her dairy cow into the show ring at the Rock County Fair for the last time this morning as a member of the Livewires 4-H Club. The 4-H dairy show starts at 10:30 a.m. today, and between Klosterbuer and her younger brother, Casey, they will exhibit one cow and four heifer calves. It is the first time they are showing a milk cow at the county fair, and the first time they have shown more than three heifer calves. In this year of firsts, it seems kind of ironic that Katie Klosterbuer is also experiencing her last year as a member of the 4-H program.
LUVERNE -- More than 25 acts are signed up to perform during the eighth annual Rock County Fair Talent Contest, slated to begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Rock County Fairgrounds in Luverne. Among those vying for cash prizes are numerous musical acts, from solos to groups. The Spotlight Dancers are also on tap to perform to several different songs. The talent show will be performed in the grandstand.