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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ELLSWORTH -- Never approach a horse from the rear, stay 50-to-100 feet away from an operating lawn mower, always keep your shoelaces tied when riding a bicycle, and stay away from moving farm machinery. Those were several of the messages students at Ellsworth Public School heard during a Nobles County Farm Bureau-sponsored Farm Safety Day Tuesday in Ellsworth. The event precedes National Farm Safety and Health Week, which is Sept.
BIGELOW -- Seventeen months after the City of Bigelow learned it was on the receiving end of $1.347 million in grant and loan funding from the USDA's office of Rural Development, streets are torn up, a pair of holding ponds have been constructed, and piping is in the process of being installed for an estimated $2.1 million centralized sewer project. The project, which began in late July, is hoped to be completed by mid-summer 2008. "We hope to get people on line and start using the system ... maybe by mid-November," Bigelow mayor Brian Brandt said.
WORTHINGTON -- On a hot summer day in mid-July, Daily Globe intern Brittany Workman and I made our way to Fairmont for the much-anticipated return of our National Guard soldiers. The men and women of the Luverne-Pipestone and Jackson-Fairmont units had been away from home for nearly 22 months, 16 of which were spent in Iraq. Their homecoming, I told our intern, was one of the greatest events we would ever experience in our jobs as small-town journalists -- recorders of history in the making.
AVOCA -- The dry summer may have been good for the construction season, but it also cut short the amount of time it would have normally taken to produce crops here in southwest Minnesota. The combination of the two means it is down to the wire for Meadowland Cooperative, which is constructing a million bushels of grain storage capacity, along with a new office, scale, wet holding bin, overhead screening bin, conveyor system and catwalk on property south of Murray County 6 along U.S.
LUVERNE -- Words such as "really good" and "fantastic" rolled off the tongues of World War II veterans as they departed the Palace Theatre in Luverne Thursday afternoon following a special viewing of Ken Burns' documentary, "The War," during a world premiere event in the southwest Minnesota community. Luverne is one of four American towns featured in the 14½-hour film that will begin airing on PBS Sept. 23. Other towns featured include Waterbury, Conn., Mobile, Ala., and Sacramento, Calif. During a special 3 p.m.
LUVERNE -- Nearly six years after terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center's twin towers and shattered a country's feeling of security, the rescue workers tasked with sifting through the rubble and searching for survivors are now dying at a rate of about one per week. The chemicals and toxins those workers inhaled while they worked have left many with an array of health ailments from asthma to decreased lung capacity, World Trade Center cough, various forms of cancer, and in some cases, multiple cancers. Such was the case with Bobby Williamson, a nearly 6-foot-4, 280-pound police officer
WORTHINGTON -- With the Freedom to Breathe law to take effect on Oct. 1, resulting in a ban on the smoking of tobacco products in indoor public spaces, Nobles-Rock Community Health Services health educator Paula Anderson presented information to Nobles County Board members on Tuesday. Anderson said informational kits were sent out on Friday to 1,000 businesses in Nobles and Rock counties to educate business owners and employees on the law. "Our work is not over," Anderson said. "I have a very, very, very busy schedule here in September as we move to the Oct.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County commissioners, in a 3-1 vote Tuesday, set the 2008 not-to-exceed levy at 7.66 percent. Diane Thier, Marv Zylstra and Vern Leistico voted in favor of the preliminary, maximum increase, and Norm Gallagher was opposed. Commissioner David Benson was absent. Passage of the 7.66 percent not-to-exceed levy followed the failure of a motion that called for a not-to-exceed levy of 8.25 percent, which received a split vote with Leistico and Gallagher in favor and Thier and Zylstra opposed. With the not-to-exceed levy set before the Sept.
WORTHINGTON -- More than 21 years ago, the Nobles County Pheasants Forever Chapter made its first land acquisition -- a 45-acre parcel south of Worthington filled with possibilities for the wildlife hunting enthusiasts. On Tuesday, that acquisition -- the first-ever by a Pheasants Forever chapter in the nation -- will be the subject of a Pheasants Forever Television episode to air at 11 a.m. on the Versus network.
LUVERNE -- "We don't think Luverne has quite grasped the magnitude of this event," said LaDonna Van Aartsen, a Blue Mound Area Theatre (BMAT) board member, on Thursday -- exactly one week before famed film documentarian Ken Burns will arrive in Luverne for the world premiere of "The War." Little more than an hour of footage taken from the 14.5-hour, seven-part series documenting the life and times of World War II will be shared with guests at the 8 p.m.