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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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.
JACKSON -- Jason Diemer and his family are nearing the end of an era of Jackson County 4-H involvement. The youngest of six children, Diemer followed in his siblings' footsteps when he joined 4-H at the age of 6. Now 19 and in the last year of his 4-H career, he will show beef cattle and a lone goat at the Jackson County fair, which runs through Sunday. "This is it. This is the last go-round," said Diemer as he relaxed on a bench near the entrance of the fairgrounds Wednesday afternoon.
DUNNELL -- A cornucopia of musical styles, mixed with fire twirling, belly dancing, art vendors and massage are packaged into the Cornstalk Music, Art and Peace Festival this weekend at the Homer and Heidi Scott farm, located east of Alpha. The festival celebrated its inaugural year in 2006, and many of the musicians are returning to the Scott farm this year. Heidi Scott, known as the Corn Woman, said proceeds raised from this year's festival will go to the Disabled American Veterans. "We're showing our support for these returning veterans," she said. The festival got its start after Scott
BREWSTER -- Minnesota Soybean Processors has signed a service agreement with Bunge North America Inc., for commercial and administrative support at its processing facility in Brewster. The agreement, which takes effect Sept.
WORTHINGTON -- In a special early morning meeting Monday between Nobles County commissioners and the Worthington City Council, the county voted to support city leaders on the proposed expansion route of U.S. 59/Minnesota 60 along Worthington's beltline. The decision was unanimous, with Commissioner David Benson unable to attend. The meeting followed a session last Tuesday in which Minnesota Department of Transportation Project Manager Peter Harff addressed county concerns with the route that was selected several years ago over a potential west bypass of the city.
WORTHINGTON -- This summer's heat has taken its toll on crops, livestock, pets and people, but it seems to have made at least one species thrive -- the mosquito. Mosquitoes, specifically the Culex tarsalis, which are prevalent in drier areas such as the Dakotas and western Minnesota, transmit the West Nile Virus (WNV) to both humans and animals.
WORTHINGTON -- With the Minnesota 60 four-lane project from north of Bigelow through Worthington delayed until 2015 at the earliest, it would seem there is plenty of time for alterations to the proposed route. Nobles County commissioners invited Minnesota Department of Transportation's Peter Harff, Minnesota 60 project manager, to their meeting Tuesday to discuss concerns with the existing proposal and request a second look be taken at a bypass option on the city's west side. "I firmly feel we need another look," said Commissioner David Benson, who pointed out the entire four-lane expansion
LUVERNE -- Spc. Andrew Hanson couldn't hold back the emotions as his friends exited their bus following a nearly four-hour road trip from Fort McCoy, Wis., to a welcome home ceremony in Fairmont Monday morning. His fellow soldiers in the 1-125th STRIKE Battalion hadn't been told of Hanson's two-week release from Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- What has four wheels that don't rotate and needs three grown men to move it? The answer would be a wooden tractor constructed by Kevin Huss, a 17-year-old from Ashton and a member of the Gilman Jr. Farmers 4-H Club. The tractor is just one of the many projects on display in the 4-H building during the Osceola County Fair in Sibley. The fair continues through Saturday. Huss, who has exhibited in the woodworking project area for the past five years, said the tractor has been his most challenging project with wood.
WORTHINGTON -- The sounds of rain tapping against windows and water rushing through rain gutters brought a deluge of relief to southwest Minnesotans Wednesday afternoon, but no one could be more excited about the welcome weather than crop producers. It had been nearly a month since storm clouds dropped moisture, and results have been evident in cornfields up and down the region's rural roads.