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 -- The Irish and Irish wannabes will be clad in shades of green today in honor of St. Patrick, one of the patron saints of Ireland. But did you know St. Patrick is actually associated with the color blue? According to Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, green likely became the official color of attire due to the phrase "the wearing of the green," which meant that a person had a green shamrock attached to his or her clothing. The shamrock, according to legend, was used to explain the Holy Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish. A public holiday since 1903, St.
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County Pheasants Forever chapter will celebrate the recent purchase of two parcels during the organization's annual banquet later this month in Worthington. The newly acquired land includes a nearly 18-acre parcel purchased from John and Yolanda Donkersloot and a 23.4-acre parcel purchased from Gary and Virginia Drost.
LUVERNE -- When Nobles County Commissioners accepted the $153,426 low bid for the Nobles County Government Center third floor remodeling project a week ago, several commissioners said the project was necessary due to a lack of space in the Nobles-Rock Community Health Services offices. NRCHS administrator Brad Meyer wanted to set the record straight on Wednesday afternoon, when he met with the NRCHS board in Luverne. "Public health did not ask for the room," explained Meyer.
WORTHINGTON -- When Dung Truong was born, he was immediately given away by his mother to be raised by strangers. That was how it was for many babies born to Vietnamese mothers and American soldier fathers. They were unwanted and unloved by their families and unappreciated by the Vietnamese society. With the odds stacked against them, lucky ones like Truong made it. For the first seven years of his life, Truong was raised by nuns in a Catholic convent in Saigon City, Vietnam. "The Sisters in the church take care of a lot of children," said Truong.
WORTHINGTON -- Sarah Jacobs was named the Worthington High School FFA Star Entrepreneur, while Nicole Burkard was recognized as the Star Placement award winner during the chapter's annual FFA Banquet Monday night in Worthington. The evening was filled with highlights of the past FFA year, and numerous awards and scholarships were presented. Paul Rogers and Jim Kolander were selected as the Honorary FFA Degree recipients this year for the work they have done to further the local program. Stephanie Behrens was honored as the Star Greenhand, an award that is given out each year to a freshman F
WORTHINGTON -- Khambao Thonglyvong was a young teenage girl when soldiers in the communist regime stormed into her family's home in Laos and took her dad away from them. That was the beginning of a journey that uprooted this family of four, left them struggling for survival and, several years later, ended happily with a reunion in a Thailand refugee camp. Thonglyvong said her dad had been missing for about a year when the family received word that he had escaped from his captors and made his way into Thailand, where refugee camps were filled with hundreds, even thousands, of people who had e
KINBRAE -- One of the oldest, and without a doubt the smallest, city in Nobles County will remain just that -- an incorporated city. The eight residents of Kinbrae recently gathered at the home of Mayor Glen Grunewald, where they successfully filled an open seat on the city council and appointed a city clerk. Had the positions not been filled, residents would have faced the potential dissolving of their city. The decision to remain a city came a few weeks after a Jan.
HARRIS, Iowa -- The Osceola County Conservation Board has been gifted more than 200 acres of land in the last four years, the most recent of which is an 80-acre parcel near Harris that has an estimated value of more than half a million dollars. Ron Spengler, OCCB director, said the land was bequeathed to the board by Rachel Sorenson Forbes, a long-time educator and Osceola County resident who died in February 2007. Spengler said the land is a "generous donation" and will help fund conservation efforts by the OCCB for years to come. "I just can't believe this," said Spengler.
WORTHINGTON -- Southwestern Mental Health Center of Worthington is among 25 Minnesota agencies approved for federal funding in the 2009 omnibus appropriations bill. Nearly $7 million will be coming to Minnesota to help fund veterans, education and health care projects in the state. SWMHC will receive $190,000 to help fund construction of a new mental health facility in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County's Feedlot Officer has received several calls in recent weeks regarding possible violations of the winter application rule for livestock manure. "We basically are responding right now to complaints," said Al Langseth of the Nobles County Environmental Services office, adding that no enforcement actions have been sent out yet this year. "We've had calls with people concerned about water quality issues," said Langseth. "The potential is there for runoff all of the time.