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 -- The Nobles County Board of Equalization granted two requests for reduction in market valuation during its meeting on Tuesday. A third request for reduction in valuation was denied. Individuals appearing before the equalization board must first attend their township or city equalization meeting.
LUVERNE -- A little more than a month ago, Scott Schneekloth of Luverne was looking forward to expanding his business by adding employees and constructing a new Midwest Fire Equipment building on the west side of town. Today, he's wondering if all of the Job Opportunity Building Zones (JOBZ) hoops he has to jump through will be worth it. Schneekloth, owner and president of Midwest Fire Equipment, planned to construct a $2.4 million, 33,700-square-foot facility in Luverne, allowing him to double his production capacity -- the company manufactures fire trucks -- and add 10 new employees within
ELLSWORTH -- Just as the name of its community festival implies, Ellsworth will be home to family fun this weekend, and the festivities begin this evening with the crowning of Little Miss Ellsworth at 7 p.m. Following the crowning will be game-show night featuring The Price is Right. Tickets will be sold at the door to be a contestant in the game show, with numerous prizes to be awarded during the evening.
WINDOM -- There is an old saying that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. In Jan Donahue's case, she took life's setbacks and turned them into fodder for stand-up comedy. Two years ago, Donahue seemed to have everything going for her -- a husband, two sons, a career and a home in Windom.
WORTHINGTON -- Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water CEO Dennis Healy is hopeful more water can be made available in Nobles County as exploratory drilling is being conducted north of Interstate 90 near Adrian. During his report to Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday, Healy said drilling results show they may be able to generate 200 to 300 gallons of water per minute from a series of wells that could be installed in the area. "Right now, it certainly looks like we'll be able to supply more water in an area that has a high need," said Healy, adding that an existing moratorium on new hook-ups into L
WORTHINGTON -- Visiting Worthington for their daughter's high school graduation, Crailsheim, Germany, residents Günter and Andrea Hanselmann are experiencing firsthand the hospitality Katrin has received this past year as the Worthington-Crailsheim exchange student. Yet, their knowledge of the Worthington community and its friendliness extends far beyond the year Katrin spent with local host families. While visiting the John and Kristie Nordell home over the weekend, Andrea Hanselmann shared a family story that dates back to World War II and the birth of a sister city relationship that conti
LUVERNE -- Luverne Mayor Andy Steensma set the pace by plopping a pie of dried buffalo poop into a toilet during the annual buffalo chip toss Saturday afternoon in Luverne.
LAKEFIELD -- Recent rains may have kept the parking lot from getting finished on time, but it didn't keep kids away from opening day at the Lakefield Family Aquatic Center on Saturday. Ten months after the community's aging swimming pool, built in 1963, was closed and demolished, the new, $1.5 million aquatic center's completion was celebrated with a 12:30 p.m. ribbon cutting.
WINDOM -- With 5,000 Minnesota National Guard troops expected to return from duty in Iraq before August, families, friends and communities are gearing up to welcome the soldiers home. Troops from the Luverne-Pipestone and Jackson-Fairmont National Guard units, serving with the 1-34th "Red Bull" Brigade, are among those returning from deployment. In preparation of the troop return, Windom will host a reintegration meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, at the American Lutheran Church in Windom.
ASHTON, Iowa -- Raising $100,000 to remodel the American Legion Community Building may have sounded like an unreasonable feat for a town of less than 500 residents, but the people of Ashton are proving it can be done. In less than two months, community members have raised more than half of the money needed to expand and improve the restrooms and construct a 20- by 96-foot addition on the building's east side. Stan Johnson serves as chairman of the Community Building project, leading a committee of a dozen local businesspeople and townsfolk who volunteered to help plan the addition and organi