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 -- Increasing by more than 100 percent in a decade, the latest census figures show nearly 48,000 children in Minnesota live under the care of a grandparent. When other relatives are added to the mix, the number of children living with family other than their parents swells to an estimated 71,000. Sharon Durken, executive director of Minnesota Kinship Caregivers Association (MKCA), said the trend of grandparents becoming caregivers to grandchildren continues to increase.
LUVERNE -- After more than two years of Public Health Preparedness education and trainings, staff with Nobles-Rock Community Health Services put their skills to use in a live scenario when they were asked to assist Lincoln-Lyon-Murray-Pipestone Public Health Services in last week's Hepatitis A immune globulin (IG) clinics in Slayton. During a Wednesday afternoon meeting of the NRCHS board, the agency's director, Brad Meyer, reported that staff had logged 16.5 hours of overtime to assist with the mass clinics. "If something happened here, we'd want (other agencies) to come and help," he added
WORTHINGTON -- Half a dozen members of the national grassroots organization WIFE (Women Involved in Farm Economics) were in southwest Minnesota Tuesday to learn about cooperative efforts in renewable energy. The group toured Minwind Energy's wind farm in Rock County, Wolf Wind Farm near Rushmore and Heron Lake Bio-Energy's ethanol plant near Heron Lake before traveling to Soy Solutions' biodiesel plant in Milford, Iowa. The visits were part of a three-day tour touting renewable energy in Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa, according to Pam Potthoff of Trenton, Neb.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County commissioners during their Tuesday morning work session resolved to take an option on slightly more than 60 acres of farmland adjacent to Minnesota 60 and Nobles County 36, northeast of Worthington. The option, offered by landowners Eldon and Janice Bartz of Willmar, gives the county first rights to purchase the property if and when it is needed for economic development.
LAKE WILSON -- They've known since early March, but were told they couldn't say anything until the June issue of Redbook magazine hit newsstands across the country. Well, the Redbook issue isn't out yet in the Midwest, but Greg and Jodi Gillette received a copy in their mailbox Monday declaring Greg the winner in the magazine's 2007 Hottest Husband contest. "It's supposed to be on newsstands May 15," said Jodi Gillette Monday night.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Osceola County Sheriff Doug Weber was both surprised and grateful after being handed the title to a donated squad car Monday afternoon in Sibley. The 2003 Crown Victoria was recently taken in on trade by Jeddeloh Ford-Chevy-Buick of Sibley, and in a two-minute conversation with a local attorney last Friday, it was decided to donate the car to the Osceola County Sheriff's Department. Jeddeloh dealership owner Larry Jeddeloh and attorney Dan DeKoter, along with DeKoter's partners Mike Thole, Harold Dawson and Nicole Jensen-Harris, presented the title and keys to Weber and Jerry
WINDOM -- Close to 100 people stood in the rain outside the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) building on the outskirts of Windom Saturday morning to celebrate the release of three trumpeter swans into the wild. One by one, the birds ventured out of the large pet carriers and floated onto a choppy Wolf Lake as the wind pelted rain drops into the faces of onlookers. After getting a safe distance from shore, each bird flapped its wings as if to say, "I'm free." This was the sixth year swans have been released into the Wolf Lake Waterfowl Production Area.
SLAYTON -- Charlotte Larson has been researching her family tree, and helping others research their history, for more than 30 years.
WORTHINGTON -- As volunteers and employees of The Achievement Center (TAC) completed last-minute details, lines formed outside the Worthington Hockey Arena Friday morning in the rain and mist for the opening day of the 36th annual TAC indoor rummage sale. "Come in and shop 'til you drop," said Paul Jans, TAC branch manager, before opening the doors to let the people file in. Once inside, one gentleman said, "Oh boy, look at all the good stuff," as women scattered to various shopping areas. One woman, who said she often attends the TAC rummage sale on opening day, added that she was out to "
HARTLEY, Iowa -- City and county officials, Iowa political leaders and VeraSun Energy executives went shoulder to shoulder under near-horizontal rain Wednesday afternoon to break ground on a 110-million-gallon ethanol biorefinery southwest of Hartley.