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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SIBLEY, Iowa -- In an unanticipated change of direction, the Sibley-Ocheyedan School Board Wednesday night rescinded a motion from its mid-April meeting to cut two weeks from the extended summer contract for high school agriculture teacher and FFA advisor Mike Earll. The action was taken during a public hearing requested by Earll, who was blindsided by the vote taken during the April meeting. That meeting was conducted primarily to discuss the closing of the Ocheyedan school, and Earll was there as an interested community resident.
WORTHINGTON -- One year ago, the Daily Globe published a series of stories on teen pregnancy in the Worthington School District. At the time, there were an estimated 20 teens between the district's middle school and high school who were pregnant. Today, there are nine girls in the district who are known to be expecting a child, and several more -- who may have been included in last spring's count -- who have given birth. Rhonda Brandt, coordinator at District 518's Alternative Learning Center, said four girls at the ALC are pregnant, while nine have had babies during the year.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday authorized the sale of $8.5 million in temporary, three-year water system construction bonds for the first phase of the Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water (LPRW) expansion project in Nobles and Jackson counties. Wells Fargo Brokerage Securities, LLC., of Minneapolis was the winning bidder for the bond purchase. LPRW CEO Dennis Healy said bid opening for the main pipeline and the water tower is slated for June 2. "Based on other bids we've heard about, we're anticipat
BINGHAM LAKE -- In a little more than three months, Chelsey Fast of rural Bingham Lake will get to sit inside a rotating booth at the Minnesota State Fair while her likeness is carved into a large block of butter. Fast was among 90 young Minnesota women to take part in a dairy promotion training in St. Joseph over the weekend. As part of the event, 66 of them competed to become one of 12 Princess Kay of the Milky Way finalists.
WORTHINGTON -- On Sunday afternoon, Becky Clausen of Dundee was installed as the first female president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3282 at the Eagles Club in Worthington. With the installation, she becomes just the second woman in the state to attain the highest rank of leadership at the local level. Up until three years ago, Aerie membership was open to men only, while women were eligible to join the Eagles Auxiliary. In Worthington, about 150 women are members of the Eagles Auxiliary, compared to the nearly 200 members in the Aerie.
WORTHINGTON -- With the aid of a translator, Sudan native Abella Omot said her journey to America in 1996 was due largely to her husband. He had sponsored her to come to America, where he had been working to earn the money to get her and their son out of a Kenyan refugee camp. The family had been living at the refugee camp after fleeing their homeland.
WORTHINGTON -- They stood with their guns holstered and their eyes and ears protected as one by one, their classmates fired at a cardboard figure less than 10 feet away. It was the culmination of a day-long class that, when completed, would earn them a Minnesota permit to carry certificate -- a piece of paper required for anyone wanting to obtain a law enforcement-issued permit to carry a handgun.
SLAYTON -- Law enforcement officers and county commissioners from nearly all nine counties in District 8 met with Minnesota's Commissioner of Public Safety Michael Campion in Slayton Thursday afternoon to discuss potential collaboration on regional dispatch in southwest Minnesota. The meeting, organized by Rock County Administrator Kyle Oldre, was to explain the process of reducing the number of Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) or joint dispatch sites around the state.
LUVERNE -- Rock County Administrator Kyle Oldre updated members of the Nobles-Rock Community Health Services board Wednesday on discussions in the Association of Minnesota County's Eighth District regarding the potential for counties to collaborate on services. Public health was among the Top 5 agencies district representatives identified as a potential for multi-county collaboration. "Rock County is going to be discussing, at one point, public health," said Oldre, adding that the same discussion will take place in Nobles County.
WORTHINGTON -- While no official decision could be made during a special work session Monday morning, Nobles County Commissioners appeared to agree on one thing -- to take the next step in the quest for improved library services in Worthington. The work session followed a regularly scheduled board meeting last Tuesday, during which George Lawson, hired to conduct a needs assessment on the Nobles County Library and Information Center, gave a detailed report on the library's growing pains and its inability to adequately serve consumers. Before Monday's discussion even started, Commissioner Ver