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 -- Words such as "really good" and "fantastic" rolled off the tongues of World War II veterans as they departed the Palace Theatre in Luverne Thursday afternoon following a special viewing of Ken Burns' documentary, "The War," during a world premiere event in the southwest Minnesota community. Luverne is one of four American towns featured in the 14½-hour film that will begin airing on PBS Sept. 23. Other towns featured include Waterbury, Conn., Mobile, Ala., and Sacramento, Calif. During a special 3 p.m.
LUVERNE -- Nearly six years after terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center's twin towers and shattered a country's feeling of security, the rescue workers tasked with sifting through the rubble and searching for survivors are now dying at a rate of about one per week. The chemicals and toxins those workers inhaled while they worked have left many with an array of health ailments from asthma to decreased lung capacity, World Trade Center cough, various forms of cancer, and in some cases, multiple cancers. Such was the case with Bobby Williamson, a nearly 6-foot-4, 280-pound police officer
WORTHINGTON -- With the Freedom to Breathe law to take effect on Oct. 1, resulting in a ban on the smoking of tobacco products in indoor public spaces, Nobles-Rock Community Health Services health educator Paula Anderson presented information to Nobles County Board members on Tuesday. Anderson said informational kits were sent out on Friday to 1,000 businesses in Nobles and Rock counties to educate business owners and employees on the law. "Our work is not over," Anderson said. "I have a very, very, very busy schedule here in September as we move to the Oct.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County commissioners, in a 3-1 vote Tuesday, set the 2008 not-to-exceed levy at 7.66 percent. Diane Thier, Marv Zylstra and Vern Leistico voted in favor of the preliminary, maximum increase, and Norm Gallagher was opposed. Commissioner David Benson was absent. Passage of the 7.66 percent not-to-exceed levy followed the failure of a motion that called for a not-to-exceed levy of 8.25 percent, which received a split vote with Leistico and Gallagher in favor and Thier and Zylstra opposed. With the not-to-exceed levy set before the Sept.
WORTHINGTON -- More than 21 years ago, the Nobles County Pheasants Forever Chapter made its first land acquisition -- a 45-acre parcel south of Worthington filled with possibilities for the wildlife hunting enthusiasts. On Tuesday, that acquisition -- the first-ever by a Pheasants Forever chapter in the nation -- will be the subject of a Pheasants Forever Television episode to air at 11 a.m. on the Versus network.
LUVERNE -- "We don't think Luverne has quite grasped the magnitude of this event," said LaDonna Van Aartsen, a Blue Mound Area Theatre (BMAT) board member, on Thursday -- exactly one week before famed film documentarian Ken Burns will arrive in Luverne for the world premiere of "The War." Little more than an hour of footage taken from the 14.5-hour, seven-part series documenting the life and times of World War II will be shared with guests at the 8 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County commissioners chopped approximately $900,000 worth of departmental budget requests during a work session Tuesday morning as they continue to work toward setting the 2008 not-to-exceed levy. While the $900,000 may seem significant, the levy requests made from individual departments within the county totaled more than $10.3 million, up from an approximate $8.5 million adopted levy in 2007. The majority of Tuesday's cuts were made in the law enforcement budget after Sheriff Kent Wilkening requested two new deputy positions be added to his 11-man department at a cost
WORTHINGTON -- Keeping useable items out of the landfill and putting them in the hands of people who want them sounds like a great idea. Providing the means to do both at no cost sounds even better. For nearly a year, a Web site specifically for the people of Nobles County and the surrounding area has helped match people who want to get rid of items with those who are in search of free stuff.
WORTHINGTON -- After two and a half years of serving meals to seniors at Worthington's American Legion, the Worthington Senior Dining program is on the move. Beginning Sept. 4, the senior nutrition program will be housed in the American Reformed Church, 1720 N. Burlington Ave.
WORTHINGTON -- As chairman of the Nobles County Board of Commissioners, Norm Gallagher cast the deciding vote on Tuesday to delay the final completion of the Nobles County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 35 reconstruction project between Rushmore and Adrian until next spring. The contract change will cost the county nearly $49,000 -- added onto the $5,403,041.25 contract it has with Duinink Bros., Inc., of Prinsburg. The original contract called for completion of the project by Sept. 30.