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 -- While Nobles County actually gained population according to the last census, its neighbors to the west, north and east all lost population -- a trend that Dr. Bill Ammentorp believes will spread as concentration continues to widen in areas of the agricultural sector. Ammentorp, professor emeritus of the University of Minnesota, spoke to high school and college agricultural students, as well as agribusiness leaders, Wednesday at Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- Referred to as a small piece of a big corridor, the nearly completed stretch of Minnesota 60 that connects with Iowa 60 and bypasses Bigelow was celebrated Tuesday morning during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Bigelow Fire Hall. The highway had been slated to open by Oct.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a half-million-dollar loan guarantee to the YMCA for construction of its new fitness facility and aquatics center. The money will be dipped into only if the YMCA cannot raise the final $1.2 million in the next five years.
WORTHINGTON -- Candidates vying for a seat on the Nobles County Board of Commissioners responded to questions ranging from budgets to economic development and partnerships during a forum Tuesday night at the Worthington High School media center. Sponsored by the governmental affairs committee of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, the event followed a Worthington City Council candidate's forum.
ASHTON, Iowa -- A budding farmer from rural Ashton will represent his state later this week at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., as he has been honored with one of the highest achievements in the agricultural organization -- the American FFA degree. Loren Luitjens, a 2006 graduate of Sibley-Ocheyedan High School, was named Iowa's Star American Farmer in August. The honor meant Luitjens would represent the state as a candidate for the American Star Farmer award.
WORTHINGTON -- While voters in Nobles County District 2 have already voted once for the candidate of their choice for county commissioner -- during the primary election in September -- voters in Nobles County's Fifth District won't cast a ballot for county commissioner until the general election on Nov. 4.
WORTHINGTON -- District 518 Community Education and Nelson Bonilla were honored during the Chicano Latino Affairs Council 30th anniversary celebration Wednesday evening in St.
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County Soil and Water Conservation District has more than $10,000 in state cost-share money to assist landowners in establishing new groves and shelterbelts, or to repair or enhance existing tree growth. The grant money must be allocated before the end of the year or it will go back to the state, according to SWCD Technical Coordinator Ed Lenz.
WINDOM -- With construction on Minnesota 60 from Bigelow to Worthington still more than a year away, the Minnesota Department of Transportation continues to move forward with the purchase of land for the four-lane expansion project. During a public meeting in Windom Thursday night, MnDOT representatives visited one-on-one with the public and presented an hour-long program on the status of the project, as well as the crash statistics and safety measures available to help reduce fatalities on what has been referred to as southwest Minnesota's death trap. Plans for the expansion project from Bi
SIBLEY, Iowa -- The new birthing suites at Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley opened earlier this month and are already drawing rave reviews from new parents who can experience labor, delivery and recovery in the privacy and comfort of one hospital room. Featuring the latest in comfort and technology -- from a whirlpool tub in the private bathrooms to lighting used during delivery dropping down from a hidden compartment in the ceiling -- the birthing suites cater to families with the inclusion of large, flat-screen televisions, microwaves and small refrigerators.