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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ST. KILIAN -- For the past several years, Wendell Loosbrock stepped forward when his name was called, accepted a long-stemmed flower and made his way around the luminary-lined track at Nobles County's American Cancer Society Relay for Life in the company of fellow cancer patients and cancer survivors. His presence will be missed this year -- Loosbrock died on Dec. 22, 2006, of complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma -- but his memory will live on with his Relay team, the St.
WORTHINGTON -- A dozen years ago, a colorectal surgeon from Tacoma, Wash., took it upon himself to increase funding for his local chapter of the American Cancer Society (ACS) by circling the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma for an entire 24-hour period.
WILMONT -- Technology that may prove crucial to a crop producer's ability to retain moisture levels on farm land and prevent nitrates from being carried into Minnesota's streams and rivers was unveiled in a cornfield Wednesday morning near Wilmont. The field is part of a three-and-a-half-year study to determine the benefits and cost-effectiveness of conservation drainage, a process that utilizes a controlled tile drainage system to maintain or reduce the amount of water in the water table. The Wilmont farm, owned by Doug Bullerman and his brothers in the partnership of Son-D-Farms, is one of
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved spending as much as $15,000 on projects related to the county's 150th celebration on July 4 at Worthington's Pioneer Village. Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Balster said $2,150 in donations has been received from Nobles County banks to help pay for some of the sesquicentennial expenses, and more donations are still expected. The money will be used to pay for anniversary medallions, historical booklets, a historical insert in the Daily Globe, parade magnets and banners, ice cream cones and the completion of an historic quilt. The Noble
WORTHINGTON -- The Whiskey Ditch Motorcycle Rally and third annual Ribfest begins Friday evening on the grounds of Prairie Holdings, just north of Interstate 90 on U.S. 59 in Worthington. The event will start at 5 p.m. Friday with a competition between three local vendors for the best-tasting ribs.
WORTHINGTON -- Honoring cancer survivors and remembering those who have lost their battle with the disease is the premise behind the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Nobles County's Relay begins with registration at 5 p.m. Friday and concludes with a closing ceremony at 5 a.m. Saturday. One of the great traditions of the Relay is the luminary lighting ceremony in which candles are lit one by one to illuminate the walking track.
WORTHINGTON -- The price paid for bare farmland in Nobles County increased by an average of $400 per acre in 2006 and, based on recorded sales since last October, the market shows no sign of dropping off. Nobles County Assessor Byron Swart said of the 29 bare farmland sales (parcels of 35 acres or more) recorded in the one-year period from Oct. 1, 2005 through Sept. 30, 2006, buyers paid an average of $2,900 per acre.
WORTHINGTON -- Whether you say Neighbor to Neighbor or Vecino a Vecino, the goal of a new program in Worthington is to get people to talk to -- and learn from -- one another. Local resident Chad Neuberger developed the idea for the program as a concerned parent. He also happens to be the new president of the Prairie Elementary Parents Group. "I really wish my kids could speak a foreign language," Neuberger said.
WORTHINGTON -- The third floor of the Nobles County Government Center will undergo some modifications in the coming weeks to create much-needed space for Nobles-Rock Community Health Service's WIC (Women, Infants and Children) clinic. During the NRCHS board meeting Wednesday, director Brad Meyer reported that construction work will begin next week to relocate the WIC clinic across the hall from its present location and into two separate office spaces.
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County Board of Equalization granted two requests for reduction in market valuation during its meeting on Tuesday. A third request for reduction in valuation was denied. Individuals appearing before the equalization board must first attend their township or city equalization meeting.