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.
- Member for
- 2 years 2 weeks
WORTHINGTON -- "The hammer is down, as the truckers would say," exclaimed Gene "Pucky" Sandager from the cab of his tractor Wednesday afternoon -- the fourth day of corn and soybean planting for the rural Hills farmer. With perfect weather conditions the past several days, Sandager said he had planted about three-fourths of his corn crop and was close to having three-fourths of his soybean crop in the ground. "We've found out in the past that putting corn in and starting with beans a couple of days later we have tremendous yields," said Sandager, adding that the weather forecast calls for wa
LITTLE ROCK TOWNSHIP -- It stood as a landmark for generations of Little Rock Township farmers, hunters and trappers, and while its historic significance lay in two solitary holes once used by trappers, it was all but destroyed for the sake of progress on Monday. As a backhoe worked to uproot century-old oaks, cottonwoods, elms, maples and ash trees, neighbors along this rural gravel road were up in arms Monday afternoon over the destruction, wondering if and how it could be stopped, and reminiscing over life spent living near and farming around this tree claim. The deep-rutted path that led
LUVERNE -- Midwest Fire is the latest company to take advantage of Minnesota's JOBZ program in Luverne, announcing plans Tuesday to construct a new facility in the community's industrial park that in essence triples the amount of space it presently occupies. The company's owner, Scott Schneekloth, met with members of the Luverne Economic Development Authority (LEDA) Monday night to work out details of the project. The City of Luverne will provide Schneekloth with a free lot -- complete with water, sewer and electrical hook-up -- on Commerce Road, adjacent to the Schuur Concrete property.
ST. PAUL -- The Jackson County Central FFA Chapter brought home four sets of first-place hardware following the Minnesota FFA Convention earlier this week in the Twin Cities. The winning judging teams included crops, soils, farm business management and poultry. The Mountain Lake FFA Chapter's floriculture team also placed first at the state event.
WORTHINGTON -- What do balloon animals, blood pressure checks and bicycles have in common? All of them will be available to individuals during the first Kids Day and Health Fair, hosted by the Nobles County Hispanic Community from 1 to 5 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Area YMCA received a tremendous boost Wednesday in its fundraising project for a new facility when representatives from Round Lake-based Farley's & Sathers presented the organization with a $100,000 check. "Farley's & Sathers Candy Company recognizes the positive impact the YMCA has on children, families and communities," said Theresa Neuberger, Farley's director of human resources, after presenting the check to Andy Johnson, YMCA executive director. Steve Luitjens, Farley's & Sathers senior vice president of sales and marketing, and the YMCA's board of directo
SIBLEY, Iowa -- From the time she was a freshman FFA member experiencing her first trip to the Iowa State FFA Leadership Conference, Ocheyedan's Cortney Schmidt knew she wanted to someday be front and center on the stage as a state FFA officer. A senior at Sibley-Ocheyedan High School, Schmidt's dreams were realized last week when she was the only individual balloted, making her a shoo-in, for the office of Iowa FFA vice president from the Northwest District. "They (the officer nominating committee that slates the ballot) do that if they feel really strongly about a candidate," said Schmidt,
ROUND LAKE -- The residents of Round Lake are about to prove that working together can accomplish great things. Last Saturday, a large group of volunteers gathered at the former State Bank of Round Lake to pull paneling off the wall, rip out the last of the equipment remaining from the one-time liquor store, and dismantle shelves hanging along one wall. They, and any other volunteers willing to help, will be at it again this Saturday from 9 a.m.
ELLSWORTH -- Eight high school students were involved in a two-car crash on the northwest side of Ellsworth shortly after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, killing two people and injuring six. An Ellsworth High School senior -- and driver of one of the vehicles -- was arrested at the scene for driving while under the influence of alcohol. The good news -- the eight students were all Partners In Prevention (PIP) members, and they were pretending to be in a crash to show their classmates the dangers of drinking and driving.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening went before Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday to discuss the possible development of a reserve posse for the sheriff's department. Wilkening said a couple of deputies in his department are interested in starting the program. "These are civilian personnel," said Wilkening, adding that volunteers would be trained in gun safety but would not have any arrest authority. Reserve officers could be trained to assist in traffic flow, help with search and rescue operations, be present at special events in Nobles County communities and help at t