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 -- Luverne seems to be a burg for burgeoning artists, but resident painter and potter Sandra Dowie knows there is plenty of room for more. Dowie hopes to get that point across this Saturday, during the first Art Rocks juried art show and sale in downtown Luverne. She serves as chairwoman and chief organizer for the event. "We would like to attract more artists to the area -- we already have more than a dozen artists here (in Luverne)," Dowie said on Monday.
ROUND LAKE -- For years Farley's & Sathers Candy Company Inc. was known as the cookie, candy and nut folks, and then it cornered the market with its confectionary sweets and gummi treats. Now, Farley's & Sathers, headquartered in Round Lake, is venturing into chocolate. The company announced Monday its plans to acquire Brach's from Barry Callebaut AG.
WORTHINGTON -- The electronic sign at the top of the First National Bank of Brewster-Worthington teetered between 52 degrees and 54 degrees Saturday afternoon, and the sunshine couldn't compete with the chilly breeze as people came out in droves to watch the grand- daddy of Worthington celebrations, King Turkey Day. On the heels of listening to featured speaker Babe Winkelman reminisce about family life and the great outdoors in Minnesota, and after watching Paycheck collect his due in a seemingly non-competitive race to the finish line, parade participants were ready to get the show on the r
WORTHINGTON -- One grew up on a hog farm south of Worthington, and the other is a self-proclaimed beef man from Lake Park, Iowa. Neither imagined they would grow up to work at a pork processing facility in this community, yet both made it all the way to the top at Swift & Co. -- Gerry Wachter, the now retired plant manager and Bob Krebs, who took the management helm Jan. 1. Wachter officially hung up his hard hat a week ago, after more than eight months on special assignment for the Greeley, Colo.-based corporate office.
WORTHINGTON -- Five Navy buddies who served together on the USS Rochester during the Korean War were in Worthington Thursday afternoon for a tour of Pioneer Village. The men and their wives arrived in southwest Minnesota Wednesday and were headed to the Twin Cities Thursday night.
LUVERNE -- In continuing to work out kinks in the proposed 2008 budget, the Nobles-Rock Community Health Services board took steps during its meeting Wednesday to save money and reduce inefficiencies. After two meetings with members of the budget committee, during which proposals for a new software system and a new vehicle for each of the county's health agency employees were eliminated, further recommendations were made to the NRCHS board to bring the 2008 proposed budget to $1,445,1334, a $241,926 cut from the agency's original request. Those recommendations, each unanimously approved, inc
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.