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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SLAYTON -- Correctly spelling the words "beneficial" and "temporarily" netted Murray County Central student Heidi Bau the championship trophy Saturday morning during the annual Southwest Minnesota Spelling Bee in Slayton. Bau started the day with 55 other fifth- and sixth-grade students from schools throughout the region in a 35-word written spelling contest.
WORTHINGTON -- Mountain Lake native and author Terry Esau was the featured speaker during the 16th annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast Saturday morning at Solid Rock Assembly in Worthington. Esau's career has taken him from a writer and producer of jingles for television commercials to the author of books, "Blue Collar God/White Collar God" and "Surprise Me." Never intending to write a book or become a motivational speaker, Esau shared the story of how his career transformed from one of writing jingles for such products as Golden Grahams and kitty litter to writing about the influence God has ha
WORTHINGTON -- One asked for a visa to come to America and get a job to support his family. The other won his visa in a lottery. The two found each other working the day shift at JBS in Worthington -- thousands of miles from their homeland in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Andre Teyiri arrived in Sioux Falls, S.D., on April 21, 2007, on a flight that originated from his home in Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso. "I was working in the American Embassy in my country," Teyiri said.
WORTHINGTON -- Scrutiny over antibiotic use in the livestock industry continues to make headlines across the United States and around the world, making it a timely topic at the 2009 Bioscience Conference Thursday afternoon in Worthington. The animal health track at the conference gave visitors five perspectives on the use of antibiotics, from the impact it has on animals and humans, to food safety and the environment. Dr.
ADRIAN -- Adrian Public School will host an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the Elementary School commons to discuss a possible $1,250 per pupil referendum. Schools around the region are looking for ways to reduce expenses and still provide a quality education, and Adrian is no different. Superintendent Roger Graff said the district is currently operating on a $450 per pupil referendum passed by district voters more than seven years ago.
BREWSTER -- Nearly 125 people attended the first of three public meetings Monday night in Brewster to discuss the possibility of the Round Lake-Brewster school district moving to a four-day school week. Additional meetings are planned April 6 in Round Lake and April 13 in Brewster, with the school board expected to make a decision at its April 20 meeting.
WORTHINGTON -- When Aida Simon thinks of her native Eritrea in east Africa, she thinks of tears. Tears shed by a little girl who was always on the run, hiding in homes of family members ... tears shed by a mother who watched as innocent victims were gunned down in the streets ... tears shed for a homeland at war with neighboring Ethiopia. Simon's father was one of the guerillas who started the 35-year civil war with Ethiopia, which meant his entire family was considered a target.
WORTHINGTON -- Three agencies that have received appropriations in the past from Nobles County were on hand during Tuesday morning's county board session to present information about their programs in hopes that funding will again be provided to help with their operational expenses. Robin Weis and Joanne Bartosh spoke on behalf of the Nobles County RSVP program. There are 384 registered volunteers providing service at 62 sites throughout the county.
OKABENA -- More than 150 people gathered inside the high school gym in Okabena Monday night for continued discussion on the possibility of moving to a four-day school week. It was the third such public meeting in the Southwest Star Concept school district in the last three weeks. The district is considering the shortened school week as a way to cut $47,000 from its 2009-2010 operating budget.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners gave their approval to Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water's plan to expand rural water service to residents in the southern and western areas of the county during Tuesday morning's board session. The unanimous decision was made following a lengthy discussion that included testimony from two neighboring property owners -- one who owns land adjacent to where the water metering site will be located, and one who resides in the vicinity of the site where the 1 million gallon water tower will be constructed. Catherine Jones, of Sioux Falls, S.D., owns property