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 -- Nobles County commissioners, in a 3-1 vote Tuesday, set the 2008 not-to-exceed levy at 7.66 percent. Diane Thier, Marv Zylstra and Vern Leistico voted in favor of the preliminary, maximum increase, and Norm Gallagher was opposed. Commissioner David Benson was absent. Passage of the 7.66 percent not-to-exceed levy followed the failure of a motion that called for a not-to-exceed levy of 8.25 percent, which received a split vote with Leistico and Gallagher in favor and Thier and Zylstra opposed. With the not-to-exceed levy set before the Sept.
WORTHINGTON -- More than 21 years ago, the Nobles County Pheasants Forever Chapter made its first land acquisition -- a 45-acre parcel south of Worthington filled with possibilities for the wildlife hunting enthusiasts. On Tuesday, that acquisition -- the first-ever by a Pheasants Forever chapter in the nation -- will be the subject of a Pheasants Forever Television episode to air at 11 a.m. on the Versus network.
LUVERNE -- "We don't think Luverne has quite grasped the magnitude of this event," said LaDonna Van Aartsen, a Blue Mound Area Theatre (BMAT) board member, on Thursday -- exactly one week before famed film documentarian Ken Burns will arrive in Luverne for the world premiere of "The War." Little more than an hour of footage taken from the 14.5-hour, seven-part series documenting the life and times of World War II will be shared with guests at the 8 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County commissioners chopped approximately $900,000 worth of departmental budget requests during a work session Tuesday morning as they continue to work toward setting the 2008 not-to-exceed levy. While the $900,000 may seem significant, the levy requests made from individual departments within the county totaled more than $10.3 million, up from an approximate $8.5 million adopted levy in 2007. The majority of Tuesday's cuts were made in the law enforcement budget after Sheriff Kent Wilkening requested two new deputy positions be added to his 11-man department at a cost
WORTHINGTON -- Keeping useable items out of the landfill and putting them in the hands of people who want them sounds like a great idea. Providing the means to do both at no cost sounds even better. For nearly a year, a Web site specifically for the people of Nobles County and the surrounding area has helped match people who want to get rid of items with those who are in search of free stuff.
WORTHINGTON -- After two and a half years of serving meals to seniors at Worthington's American Legion, the Worthington Senior Dining program is on the move. Beginning Sept. 4, the senior nutrition program will be housed in the American Reformed Church, 1720 N. Burlington Ave.
WORTHINGTON -- As chairman of the Nobles County Board of Commissioners, Norm Gallagher cast the deciding vote on Tuesday to delay the final completion of the Nobles County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 35 reconstruction project between Rushmore and Adrian until next spring. The contract change will cost the county nearly $49,000 -- added onto the $5,403,041.25 contract it has with Duinink Bros., Inc., of Prinsburg. The original contract called for completion of the project by Sept. 30.
RUSHMORE -- Shirley Lupkes held her hand out and made a fist Tuesday afternoon demonstrating just how large some of the hail stones were that pummeled the family's farm in Section 16 of Ransom Township Monday night. In a narrow band estimated by neighbors to be about a half-mile wide and roughly 8 miles in length, hail and high winds stripped crops, flattened corn fields, toppled trees, shattered windows and destroyed a century-old barn. On Tuesday afternoon, residents in Ransom Township were picking up the pieces. Lupkes and her husband, Richard, were clearing downed trees and branches lef
WORTHINGTON -- Much of southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa remained in a flash flood watch Monday as the region endured anywhere from an inch to 8.5 inches of rainfall between early Saturday morning and Monday afternoon. With the soil already saturated and rain showers and thunderstorms in the forecast at least through Thursday, the National Weather Service is encouraging people to be mindful of surface flooding. Jim Laffrenzen, Worthington's director of Public Works, said Monday his crews spent minimal time dealing with street flooding over the weekend. "We really didn't have any issues
WINDOM -- They came from as far away as Baudette, Pleasantville, Iowa, and DeSmet, S.D., hauling with them some of their most prized possessions -- their donkeys and mules. For the second year in a row, Windom has played host to the Minnesota State Donkey and Mule Show, with 33 exhibitors and a total of 42 mules and donkeys taking part in an all-day show that began at 8:30 a.m.