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 -- With the clock ticking, Nobles County commissioners met in a special work session Tuesday afternoon with Worthington City Administrator Joe Parker regarding a contract for prosecution services. At their last board meeting, commissioners received notice from the city stating its desire to continue utilizing the county attorney's office for legal matters. The letter followed the county's decision in February to discontinue the contract on Feb.
WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota West Community and Technical College is gaining a reputation in its nursing department -- a great reputation. Practical Nursing graduates at both the Pipestone and Worthington campuses surpassed national and state averages on the National Council Licensure Examination in 2007.
WORTHINGTON -- Saturday is do or die time for completing a new federal farm bill, and it was the talk on the Hill when representatives of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation conducted its annual visit with legislators last week. Dean Christopherson, president of the Nobles County Farm Bureau, was part of a contingent of 33 Minnesotans to travel to Washington, D.C., Wednesday through Sunday. While there, they stopped at the American Farm Bureau headquarters for an afternoon of preparation before spending the full day Thursday meeting with Sens. Norm Coleman and Amy Klobuchar, Reps.
LUVERNE -- One by one they came into the ring -- some bold, some timid -- looking around at the auction barn filled with bidders.
WORTHINGTON -- The Joint Jurisdictional Task Force created to address zoning changes around the perimeter of Worthington is hoping to collect public comment during a meeting set for 7 p.m.
By julie buntjer Daily Globe WILMONT -- Four area National Guard soldiers have been inducted into the Honorary Order of St. Barbara for their service in field artillery, while three of their spouses are new inductees into the Honorary Order of Molly Pitcher. MAJ Dave Haugom of Luverne, SFC Robert Newman of Wilmont, 1SG Brock Thielbar of Hardwick and CPT Don Kramer of Ellsworth were among fewer than 20 soldiers to be inducted during a ceremony Feb. 23 in Anoka. Molly Pitcher inductees recognized that evening were Julie Haugom, Gina Newman and Jody Kramer. The Honorary Order of St.
LUVERNE -- Minnesota has gained national notoriety in the arena of renewable energy with its ethanol and biodiesel mandates and continued expansion in wind energy. Now the state -- and particularly the 11-turbine wind farm known as Minwind Energy in Rock County -- will make another stride in the push for renewables. Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy, which purchases power generated from the 11-megawatt wind farm, will begin testing a wind-to-battery project this summer at Minwind's site near Beaver Creek. It will be the first use of the technology in the United States for direct wind energy sto
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners have opted to reconsider a decision they made in late February regarding termination of an agreement with the City of Worthington for prosecution services. The agreement, established in 2003, states the county will provide criminal prosecution and legal services for the city. At its Feb. 20 meeting, county commissioners moved to terminate the agreement, effective Feb. 28, 2009, because of staffing shortages in the county attorney's office.
WORTHINGTON -- Before Bill Gordon and his classmates in the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) program embarked on a 10-day study trip to South Africa earlier this month, he had a few expectations. He expected to see extreme poverty. He expected to see starving children. What he saw instead were people thirsting for knowledge and hungry for opportunity. Gordon, a rural Brewster farmer, traveled with the 32-member MARL Class IV and two leaders to Cape Town, South Africa, on Feb. 15. The journey took them to nearly a dozen farms, the U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County is faced with a shortage of people willing to become foster parents, and that may impact where children are placed in the future. Nobles County Family Service Agency social worker Elizabeth Hoekstra said seven children were placed into foster care within the last two weeks. They joined 11 other children already placed in foster homes in Nobles County. "Our foster families are now being strained," said Hoekstra of the county's seven licensed foster homes.