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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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.
WALNUT GROVE -- As the sun sets on the Minnesota prairie, a calming music envelops the crowd.
WOODSTOCK -- One person was killed in a crash of an Ultralight class airplane Thursday afternoon in Pipestone County. According to a Pipestone County Sheriff's Department dispatcher, Charles St. Clair, 65, of Dell Rapids, S.D., was dead at the scene. The plane crash was reported at 2:30 p.m., approximately 10 miles east of Pipestone near the town of Woodstock. According to eyewitnesses, the aircraft appeared to malfunction and began spinning out of control.
ROUND LAKE -- There was something noticeably different in Scott Kruger's voice as he called home Tuesday morning to talk to his wife, Lori Lanphere Kruger. SFC Kruger and the B-battery of the 1-125th field artillery unit of the Minnesota National Guard's Red Bull division had been up for some 36 hours straight as they made their way from Camp Scania, Iraq, to the safety of a major military base in Kuwait. They are on their way home. "He just was laughing -- his voice sounded so relaxed," recalled his wife of their conversation.
WORTHINGTON -- A potential merger between New Vision Co-op and Watonwan Farm Service (WFS) will be decided by members of both cooperatives in the coming weeks. In a letter sent to New Vision Co-op members late last week, general manager Frank McDowell explained that talks between the two cooperatives have been ongoing since October 2006.
LUVERNE -- With the Rock County Veterans Memorial complete and attracting visitors daily, the K.A.H.R. Foundation that funded the project has moved on to another venture -- the former Rock County Jail that stands northeast of the memorial. Warren Herreid II presented a proposal to Rock County Commissioners on Tuesday that described an approximate $1 million renovation to the red Sioux quartzite building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.