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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HARRIS, Iowa -- The small town of Harris, Iowa, is surrounded by prime Osceola County farmland. So, it stands to reason that Harris Heritage Days focuses on some aspect of farm life -- the green, the red, a little bit of orange and perhaps some blue -- all tractors, of course. The antique farm implements arrived at the Harris ball field in all colors and sizes Sunday noon for the kickoff to Harris Heritage Days -- a tractor ride through portions of three counties. By the time the ride began, 23 tractors had lined up on the ball field.
KENNETH -- A rural Kenneth man is dead after the tractor he was driving tipped over and pinned him underneath. Larry Ossenfort, 63, was hauling a hay bale on the front of a Farmall IH 560 tractor along the side of a hill when the incident happened. The Rock County Sheriff's Office, along with the Hardwick, Kenneth and Luverne fire departments and Rock County Ambulance were paged at approximately 7:40 p.m.
WILDER -- With the value of corn and soybean crops today, more farmers are turning away from conservation practices they implemented years ago and returning marginal land to production. On Thursday afternoon, more than a dozen people gathered at the Timber Lake Wildlife Management Area southeast of Wilder to hear why they should keep their prairie grasses in place. Jill Sackett, Extension Educator and Conservation Agronomist with the University of Minnesota and Rural Advantage, joined Randy Markl of the Windom Department of Natural Resources for the presentation about native prairie seed pro
WOODSTOCK -- The Moraine II Wind Farm, located in portions of Pipestone and Murray counties, has been awarded more than $28 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program. The award, announced Tuesday by the U.S. Treasury Department, is among a dozen projects in eight states to receive a combined $502 million for wind and solar projects. Moraine II Wind Farm was developed by PPM Energy, a Scottish power company.
ADRIAN -- At one time, the Adrian Care Center, Sanford Adrian Clinic and former city hospital provided the community's senior population with a continuum of care. That model is changing, however, as more residents strive to live an independent lifestyle as long as possible -- and the city is going to change right along with it. Within the next week, the city of Adrian will put out a call for bids on a 13,000-square-foot addition to the Adrian Care Center, according to Adrian City Administrator Bruce Heitkamp.
WORTHINGTON -- With empty hog confinement barns, shuttered dairies and bare feedlots becoming a fact of life across rural America, it's hard for some crop and livestock producers to see a light at the end of the tunnel. The light may be fairly dim right now, but Mark Pearson, host of "Market to Market" on public television, left those involved in agriculture feeling a little bit better about the industry's outlook during a meeting in Worthington Thursday.
WORTHINGTON -- The traditional start of flu season is still a few months away, but this fall is anticipated to be anything but typical with H1N1 novel influenza anticipated to be more of a threat. Nobles-Rock Community Health Services began meeting weekly earlier this month with representatives of each of the clinics and hospitals in the two counties to organize a plan of attack for the spread of the virus.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners and Worthington City Council members gathered for an early morning brainstorming session Monday to discuss the potential to work together on a joint library and senior center facility. Alderman Mike Woll said after having curbside discussions and following stories in the Daily Globe, it was time for the two entities to sit down and talk about the potential for collaboration. "Our senior center has really travelled a slow pace," Woll said.
LUVERNE -- The eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center is just around the corner, and Luverne's Diane Sherwood has never given up hope that one day there will be a facility to cater to people like those who were exposed to chemicals and toxins at Ground Zero the day the towers fell. Sherwood founded the Remember Rally in Luverne in 2003 to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
LUVERNE -- According to Luverne attorney Don Klosterbuer, Harvey Allison Ordung was a fairly simple man. The first time the two met, Klosterbuer described an older man of about 5 feet 5 inches tall, wearing bib overalls that hung about six to eight inches off the ground. He wore bedroom slippers wherever he went and loved to visit with the business people in the community. Ordung died Oct. 30, 2007, at the age of 84.