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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WORTHINGTON -- In a special meeting of the Nobles County Board Tuesday afternoon in Worthington, commissioners approved several recommendations to address a looming budget shortfall. Among the items they approved include instating an early retirement program for all county employees who may be interested, notifying all bargaining unions of a proposed 2010 salary freeze for county employees, and directing all department heads to cut potentially 10 percent to 15 percent from personnel and operational services budgets. All of the steps take Tuesday are in direct response to Gov.
WORTHINGTON -- With a cool breeze blowing on their backs, several residents of South Shore Care Center wheeled up to a pair of new, handicap-accessible picnic tables inside the gazebo at Freedom Veterans' Memorial Park in Worthington Monday. In all, three new picnic tables and a bench were added to the park on Friday, thanks to a $2,300 donation by Richard and Barb Atchison, on behalf of South Shore and Crossroads care centers in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- When Nobles County's rural residents received their tax statements this year, many of them were not surprised to see they would be paying more in county and school taxes. Taxes are directly linked to property values, and from Oct. 1, 2007, through Sept.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday gave SEH Engineering the go-ahead to begin work on plans for a new county library in Worthington. The hope now is that the county can partner with the City of Worthington on a joint library and senior center complex. While a location has not yet been decided, library board member Vernietta Hansberger presented six options identified by the library board as possible new sites for the library.
WORTHINGTON -- Meaza Tekle measured a cup of batter and poured it over a hot pizza skillet on her kitchen counter late Monday morning. Immediately it started to bubble, not unlike pancake batter does when it hits a hot skillet. She covered it, waited about five minutes, and then slid it off the skillet and onto a large, flat pad to cool. The finished product is known as Injera, a staple in the Ethiopian diet.
WORTHINGTON -- In an effort to boost interest in the outdoors and create additional habitat, the Nobles County Pheasants Forever (PF) Chapter and Ocheda Beavers 4-H Club paired up on a project to build bluebird houses Saturday afternoon. Bluebirds are not commonly seen in the area, but with recent PF acquisitions in Worthington's wellhead protection area south of town, the addition of nesting opportunities is hoped to attract the song birds. "We were told that to get more bluebirds, we have to build more nesting options," said Les Johnson, the PF board member who spearheaded the bluebird hou
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Relay for Life chairwoman Kim Lambert could hardly contain her emotion as, in the 4 o'clock hour Saturday morning, she took the stage in front of the twinkling luminaries to announce this year's goal had been shattered and a new record set in Nobles County. With some money yet to come in, the Nobles County Relay collected nearly $93,200 for the American Cancer Society to fund research and find a cure for cancer. This year's goal, lowered from the previous year, was $65,000. "I think we just estimated conservatively," said Lambert.
WORTHINGTON -- Above the couch in Jeff Meyer's living room reads a sign, "Tomorrow is promised to no one." Meyer has admired the phrase since he first heard Clint Eastwood say it in the movie, "Absolute Power," but it has taken on new meaning in the last year. On May 17, 2008 -- a day Meyer said he will never forget -- he went about his Saturday just like any other. He started out with a run around Lake Okabena, went home and mowed the lawn, did some weeding and then took his motorcycle out for a drive.
WORTHINGTON -- "No matter what our experience with cancer has been, we all share the hope that we will one day live in a world where our children, and their children, will never have to hear the words, 'You have cancer.'" That is a favorite quote of Kim Lambert, chairwoman of the 2009 Nobles County Relay for Life. Each year, the Relay brings together family and friends who have been touched by cancer, and even those who haven't, to "Celebrate. Remember.
WORTHINGTON -- When Dan Jensen learned he had cancer for the third time in 15 years, doctors told him that without treatment, the cancer could be fatal within three months. He had been battling a sore throat for more than a month when he noticed one of his tonsils was enlarged.