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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With a curled up piggin string clenched between his teeth, 14-year-old Ian Fleace spurred his horse into a gallop, kicking up dust as he rode across the practice arena on his dad's farm near Spafford Wednesday night. With a smooth dismount from his horse, he grabbed a taut rope and headed toward a bleating goat. Once he reached the animal, he flipped it on its side, grabbed the piggin string from his mouth and tied the goat's legs together. Earlier this month, Fleace garnered championship honors in goat tying at the Minnesota Wrangler Junior High Rodeo in Pine River.
WORTHINGTON -- Free pancakes and sausage, a cattle-judging contest, a petting zoo and a coloring contest for kids with soybean-based crayons are among the events planned Saturday morning during Breakfast on the Farm at the John and Gloria Widboom farm north of Worthington. The Farm Bureau-sponsored event is geared to educate the public about agriculture, and recognize ag producers responsible for putting food on dinner plates of consumers around the world. "This is something that's commonly been done in counties for many years," said Matt Widboom, son of John and Gloria and a member of the N
LUVERNE -- During an unusual evening meeting Tuesday in Luverne, Rock County Commissioners sent a tax abatement request from Midwest Fire to the county's budget committee for further discussion. The request came after Midwest Fire owner Scott Schneekloth backed away from plans to utilize JOBZ benefits to relocate and expand his fire truck manufacturing business in Luverne. Without the JOBZ benefits, the City of Luverne, along with Rock County and the Luverne School District are being asked to approve an eight-year tax abatement for Midwest Fire. The estimated total abatement amounts to $154
ST. KILIAN -- For the past several years, Wendell Loosbrock stepped forward when his name was called, accepted a long-stemmed flower and made his way around the luminary-lined track at Nobles County's American Cancer Society Relay for Life in the company of fellow cancer patients and cancer survivors. His presence will be missed this year -- Loosbrock died on Dec. 22, 2006, of complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma -- but his memory will live on with his Relay team, the St.
WORTHINGTON -- A dozen years ago, a colorectal surgeon from Tacoma, Wash., took it upon himself to increase funding for his local chapter of the American Cancer Society (ACS) by circling the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma for an entire 24-hour period.
WILMONT -- Technology that may prove crucial to a crop producer's ability to retain moisture levels on farm land and prevent nitrates from being carried into Minnesota's streams and rivers was unveiled in a cornfield Wednesday morning near Wilmont. The field is part of a three-and-a-half-year study to determine the benefits and cost-effectiveness of conservation drainage, a process that utilizes a controlled tile drainage system to maintain or reduce the amount of water in the water table. The Wilmont farm, owned by Doug Bullerman and his brothers in the partnership of Son-D-Farms, is one of
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved spending as much as $15,000 on projects related to the county's 150th celebration on July 4 at Worthington's Pioneer Village. Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Balster said $2,150 in donations has been received from Nobles County banks to help pay for some of the sesquicentennial expenses, and more donations are still expected. The money will be used to pay for anniversary medallions, historical booklets, a historical insert in the Daily Globe, parade magnets and banners, ice cream cones and the completion of an historic quilt. The Noble
WORTHINGTON -- The Whiskey Ditch Motorcycle Rally and third annual Ribfest begins Friday evening on the grounds of Prairie Holdings, just north of Interstate 90 on U.S. 59 in Worthington. The event will start at 5 p.m. Friday with a competition between three local vendors for the best-tasting ribs.
WORTHINGTON -- Honoring cancer survivors and remembering those who have lost their battle with the disease is the premise behind the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Nobles County's Relay begins with registration at 5 p.m. Friday and concludes with a closing ceremony at 5 a.m. Saturday. One of the great traditions of the Relay is the luminary lighting ceremony in which candles are lit one by one to illuminate the walking track.
WORTHINGTON -- The price paid for bare farmland in Nobles County increased by an average of $400 per acre in 2006 and, based on recorded sales since last October, the market shows no sign of dropping off. Nobles County Assessor Byron Swart said of the 29 bare farmland sales (parcels of 35 acres or more) recorded in the one-year period from Oct. 1, 2005 through Sept. 30, 2006, buyers paid an average of $2,900 per acre.