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 -- Find your partner and circle left, do-si-do then promenade ... say what? The grandstand at the Nobles County Fairgrounds will come alive tonight with a hoe-down of a good time as eight Farmall tractors "dance" to square dancing calls in the Farmall Promenade. In their first appearance at the Nobles County Fair, the 11 members of the Farmall Promenade are gearing up to entertain the masses during a 7 p.m. show.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles-Rock Community Health Services established a task force during its Wednesday afternoon meeting to take a closer look at the agency's proposed 2008 budget. NRCHS director Brad Meyer presented current budget numbers alongside the proposed 2008 budget, depicting a nearly $39,000 increase in anticipated revenues in 2008 and an approximate $55,000 increase in expenses.
WORTHINGTON -- While it appears a special legislative session will be called in Minnesota after Labor Day to deal with transportation funding as a result of the Interstate 35 bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Nobles County commissioners made it clear during their board meeting Tuesday that rural Minnesota should not be overlooked. Sen. Jim Vickerman, DFL-Tracy, Rep.
WORTHINGTON -- Attendees of the 2007 Nobles County Fair will notice one major improvement to the fairgrounds in Worthington -- a combination FFA Foodstand, fair board office and much needed restroom facilities. As an electrical inspector conducted a check of the building Tuesday afternoon, several fair board members took a break from their fair preparations to talk about the long process of getting the project completed. It has been apparent for several years that improvements needed to be done -- specifically to the restroom facility. "The bathrooms were very much needed," said Nobles Coun
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday received an update on plans to construct a recreational trail on Worthington's west side. Plans are to establish a trail that would link Worthington Middle School to the Minnesota West Community and Technical College campus and future site of the YMCA, and then on to Prairie Elementary, said Nobles County Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder. In talks with other counties that have recently completed trail projects, Schnieder said a good estimate would be $150,000 per mile.
WORTHINGTON -- An apple pie-baking contest and a show of square dancing tractors are two new features added to the Nobles County Fair this year as festivities officially get under way on Wednesday. The two events are both a part of Thursday's activities at the fairgrounds in Worthington. Also new this year is a horseshoe tournament, to begin at noon on Sunday. Today is entry day for all 4-H non-livestock exhibits, with entry of open class foods, fine arts, fancy work and fruits and vegetables scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
ALLENDORF, Iowa -- To passersby, the Gilbert and Leann Greenfield farm along A-22, just south of Allendorf, appears to be a typical rural homestead hidden by a grove of trees. However, a turn into their driveway will reveal anything but a typical landscape. Hundreds, in fact thousands, of flowers have been painstakingly planted, groomed and watered in neatly arranged areas on the Greenfield farm -- a project Leann has nurtured in her spare time. She will be honored later this month by the Osceola County Farm Bureau as its beautification award recipient.
WORTHINGTON -- The Viking Terrace apartment complex in Worthington has been nominated for a national award by the Affordable Housing Finance Magazine (AHFM). The recently refurbished, 60-unit complex will compete in the rural finalist category of the AHFM's Reader's Choice Awards. Three other projects are in competition with Viking Terrace, and people are invited to vote for their favorite project on the AHFM's Web site, www.housingfinance.com . The winner will be announced during the 2007 Reader's Choice Awards luncheon Oct.
BIGELOW -- The installation of a new sewer system in Bigelow has left the town in a swarm of construction activity, but members of the Bigelow Booster Club are hoping for a different kind of swarm this weekend as they mark their annual Swampy Days celebration. "Everybody can get to the park," said Booster Club president Connie Reitmeier, adding that signs are posted marking the way.
LUVERNE -- The Rock County Fairgrounds was bustling with activity Wednesday afternoon as carnival rides were being set up on the Midway, 4-H families were unloading livestock and food vendors were making sure they had all of their supplies.