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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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 -- While Minnesota has yet to report its first official influenza case of the season, Nobles-Rock Community Health Services (NRCHS) has received nearly all of its requested doses of flu vaccine and anticipates vaccination clinics will open soon throughout the two-county area. Cindy Frederickson, public health nurse, told members of the NRCHS board on Wednesday the agency has received 700 of the 900 doses ordered.
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
WORTHINGTON -- A stately white barn on the Don and Verla Larson farm southwest of Sibley has withstood wind, rain and hail through three generations of the Larson family, and with a new coat of white paint, it is hoped to continue on as a testament to farm life for future generations. In recent years, however, Verla Larson had a feeling there was something missing from the 1928 structure. It needed a touch of color.
WORTHINGTON -- During the annual Community Health Conference Sept. 26 at Cragun's Resort north of Brainerd, Worthington's Karen Pfeifer was presented the Award for Outstanding Dedication to Local Public Health. She is the 10th individual and the first consumer (non-elected position) chosen for the state award.
ST. PAUL -- Hundreds of thousands of people saw her head carved in a 90-pound block of butter at the Minnesota State Fair in 2003, and after the MN150 project opens at the Minnesota History Center in St.