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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The 2008 fundraising campaign for the Worthington Area United Way has begun, and the group is hoping people will dig into their pockets and help them reach this year's $135,000 goal. Jeff Rotert, local United Way president, said the goal is unchanged from the past couple of years, but that doesn't mean they can rest on their laurels and wait for the money to come in. The official kick-off for the United Way was Sept. 17, with their first fundraising event being the tailgate party at the Sept. 21 WHS football game.
WORTHINGTON -- With Halloween still a few days away and Thanksgiving just around the corner, most people haven't started thinking about decorating their homes for Christmas. However, the Salvation Army, RSVP of Southwest Minnesota and the American Red Cross are hoping people will reach into their boxes of Christmas ornaments to help bring a little cheer to residents recently impacted by flooding in southeast Minnesota. Project Trim a Tree has been organized to help the residents of Stockton, a town of about 700 people just west of Winona, replenish the ornaments and tree trimmings they lost
SIBLEY, Iowa -- A pair of Iowa State University agricultural economists shared their predictions on the future of the crop and livestock industries during a meeting geared toward agri-business leaders Tuesday night in Sibley. John Lawrence and Robert Wisner cited the need for caution in both the hog and ethanol industries for the year ahead and identified booming times in the beef, dairy and poultry sectors. Wisner, a grain economist, issued particular caution in the ethanol industry as more plants processing corn into the fuel additive are coming on-line. "The ethanol industry is seeing do
WORTHINGTON -- Nearly 20 veterans representing the American Legion, VFW and Legion Auxiliary showed their support for Nobles County Veterans Service Officer Mark Joldersma during Tuesday morning's meeting of the county's Board of Commissioners. Joldersma announced two weeks ago that he would leave his part-time post as the county's VSO, effective Friday, due to the county's apparent unwillingness to allow Joldersma to readjust his scheduled work hours from five mornings per week to three full days per week.
ADRIAN -- The historic Adrian Bank and its adjoining building were reduced to a pile of rubble Monday along Maine Avenue in this western Nobles County community. The 116-year-old bank building, vacant for much of the past 25 years or more, had long been in disrepair, and a concern for city officials -- particularly after fire damaged a large portion of the structure's three floors, and a wind storm several years later claimed part of a wall on the building's back side. "There was brick falling down from the top.
WINDOM -- It wasn't her largest performance venue, but that didn't make Jan Donahue -- also known as The Military Comic -- any less nervous Thursday night when she entertained a gathering of women being honored at the Governor's Mansion in St. Paul. Donahue, of Windom, was invited by First Lady Mary Pawlenty for the event that celebrated the "accomplishments of Minnesota's women." Nearly 40 women were invited guests, including Jody Kramer of Ellsworth. "It was a lot of fun," said Donahue of the evening. "The First Lady was so gracious.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Veterans Service Officer Mark Joldersma announced this week he will leave the post after what he calls the county's refusal to bend. He has been in the part-time position for 2½ years, working four hours per day, five days per week, with another four hours of flex time to attend trainings and veterans meetings weekly. While Joldersma said he loves his job, he can no longer afford to maintain a schedule that requires him to drive from his home in Slayton to work in Worthington five days per week.
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington's Central School building survived the summer without the appearance of a wrecking ball, but its fate into a pile of rubble will take place yet this year, perhaps by the end of this month. Scott Johnson, executive director of the Southwestern Mental Health Center (SMHC), said the agency officially took ownership of the property Tuesday or Wednesday.
WORTHINGTON -- The Minnesota West Foundation is hoping to reach a seemingly untapped resource of donors with its newly established Grain Exchange program. The program allows farmers to haul grain to their local elevator and earmark bushels to the foundation.
WORTHINGTON -- The concept isn't new, but the technology is new and improved, and that is what Jay Larson hopes to market with his new business, ARIA Enterprises, LLC. ARIA serves as a distributor for Rhino Block, an insulating concrete form used in construction of everything from commercial buildings to residential homes. Larson became a distributor after deciding to use the technology in the construction of a home for his own family, which includes wife, Dana, and daughter, Aria. While his home is now under construction, Larson has already sold product for an addition to a loc