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 -- A bevy of beautiful butterflies will be released into the air during the 2007 Nobles County Relay for Life, set to kick off one month from today at the fairgrounds in Worthington. The butterfly release is an addition to this year's Relay, providing one more symbol of hope for the hundreds of cancer survivors and Relay team members expected to be in attendance. The public is invited and encouraged to attend all, or part of, the Relay for Life. The Relay will begin at 5 p.m. June 22 and continue until 5 a.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Long-time Worthington resident and recently retired life insurance provider Robert Petrich was honored with the G. Bennet Serrill Award of Excellence during the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) Minnesota annual convention April 20 at Mystic Lake. The G.
Editor's Note: This is the third installment of a three-part series looking at the impact the Freedom to Breathe Act will have on Minnesotans. WORTHINGTON -- When Hennepin and Ramsey counties, along with the cities of Bloomington, Minneapolis and Golden Valley enacted smoke-free ordinances in bars, restaurants and office buildings in the spring of 2005, Minnesota's stop-smoking service, Quitplan at Work, experienced three times more inquiries than usual. Now, with smoke-free legislation going statewide on Oct.
WORTHINGTON -- Legislation that will ban smoking in Minnesota public places including bars, restaurants, service clubs and bowling alleys as of Oct. 1 continues to draw public debate. Locally, reaction among businesses spans the spectrum. Some are glad the legislation was enacted, while others fear it will be a detriment to their business. In somewhat of a unique situation, Worthington's Country Kitchen owner Bill Weber made his restaurant smoke-free more than a year ago, on April 1, 2006.
ADRIAN -- The Adrian Fire Department, with mutual aid from Ellsworth, responded to a dairy barn fire at the Delores Ashby residence, 27993 Ahlers Ave., Thursday afternoon. Additional water tankers were requested from both Magnolia and Lismore fire departments. Ashby said she had just returned home when she noticed smoke. After she went into the house, she noticed fire shooting out one of the barn's windows.
WORTHINGTON -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday signed legislation making Minnesota the 20th state in the country to ban smoking in virtually all indoor public places, including bars, restaurants and private clubs. The law, which takes effect Oct.
WORTHINGTON -- While the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Nobles County will be marked on May 23, most of the celebrating will actually take place this summer. Among the county's plans are to sponsor a medallion hunt in each of the 12 communities of Nobles County.
WORTHINGTON -- With a second incident of hepatitis A striking Minnesotans in a matter of a couple of weeks -- the latest discovery coming last Thursday at Burnsville High School -- public health officials are reminding those who work with food of the basic steps in preventing the virus. "Prevention is simple, but also, it's a little complicated. It's 100 percent consistency," said Jason Kloss, sanitarian with Nobles-Rock Community Health Services. The most important practice in preventing hepatitis A is good hygiene.
WORTHINGTON -- Free bus transportation will be provided for Nobles County's World War II veterans and their families to attend the World War II Memorial Dedication June 9 in St. Paul. Nobles County Veterans Service Officer Mark Joldersma has arranged for two Reading Bus Lines motor coaches to transport up to 112 people to the dedication event.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Members of the Worthington Composite squadron of the Civil Air Patrol received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Sunday when they took turns riding in a U.S.