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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OCHEYEDAN, Iowa -- The power of machines and people seem to be the theme of Ocheyedan's Days of Olde celebration that kicks off today and continues through Sunday. There's a tractor pull, a truck pull, an antique tractor pull and a kids' pedal pull, all over the course of three days, intermingled with plenty of other activities for the entire family. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. today, with a community barbecue in the city park. Serving will go until 7 p.m. with a menu of barbecued pork sandwiches, hot dogs, baked beans, chips, ice cream and a drink.
WORTHINGTON -- Students on the fast track toward a nursing degree from South Dakota State University, Brookings, were in Worthington Tuesday morning to present their final reports after conducting studies within the community for the past five weeks. The students, working in collaboration with Nobles-Rock Community Health Services, compiled data on Worthington's demographics and offered the agency ideas on how to combat what appear to be unhealthy trends in the community. "I really feel we do things that will help the agency," said SDSU nursing instructor Rebecca Maurer, who brought her firs
WORTHINGTON -- The Southwest Minnesota WorkForce Council launched a new Web site Monday geared to educate students and job-seeking adults about career possibilities right in their own backyard. Ron Wood, Minnesota West Community and Technical College president and chair of the WorkForce Council's education committee, said the goal of the new project is to keep southwest Minnesotans from migrating out of the region to find work. "One of the things we've found ... if we go to Minnesota Job Bank, there's several hundred openings in southwest Minnesota," said Wood.
One of the greatest features of the Nobles County Fair is walking through the 4-H exhibit buildings and admiring the projects the 4-H youths have completed for display. This year, fairgoers are in for an extra-special treat inside Benton Hall, where two Okabena Bees 4-H Club members garnered grand champion and reserve grand champion overall honors with their wood shop masterpieces. Tim Bents took top honors with his original design of a combination china cabinet and gun case, while Alex Ling earned reserve with a pattern-adapted roll-top desk.
WORTHINGTON -- In the first pie baking contest at the Nobles County Fair, Open Class foods superintendents Vonnie Rutgers and Dorothy Adolph were surprised at the number of entrants -- two dozen variations on an old American favorite, the apple pie. "This is something brand new for us," said Rutgers, adding she had the idea for the contest after seeing a successful event at the neighboring Murray County Fair.
WORTHINGTON -- Find your partner and circle left, do-si-do then promenade ... say what? The grandstand at the Nobles County Fairgrounds will come alive tonight with a hoe-down of a good time as eight Farmall tractors "dance" to square dancing calls in the Farmall Promenade. In their first appearance at the Nobles County Fair, the 11 members of the Farmall Promenade are gearing up to entertain the masses during a 7 p.m. show.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles-Rock Community Health Services established a task force during its Wednesday afternoon meeting to take a closer look at the agency's proposed 2008 budget. NRCHS director Brad Meyer presented current budget numbers alongside the proposed 2008 budget, depicting a nearly $39,000 increase in anticipated revenues in 2008 and an approximate $55,000 increase in expenses.
WORTHINGTON -- While it appears a special legislative session will be called in Minnesota after Labor Day to deal with transportation funding as a result of the Interstate 35 bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Nobles County commissioners made it clear during their board meeting Tuesday that rural Minnesota should not be overlooked. Sen. Jim Vickerman, DFL-Tracy, Rep.
WORTHINGTON -- Attendees of the 2007 Nobles County Fair will notice one major improvement to the fairgrounds in Worthington -- a combination FFA Foodstand, fair board office and much needed restroom facilities. As an electrical inspector conducted a check of the building Tuesday afternoon, several fair board members took a break from their fair preparations to talk about the long process of getting the project completed. It has been apparent for several years that improvements needed to be done -- specifically to the restroom facility. "The bathrooms were very much needed," said Nobles Coun
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday received an update on plans to construct a recreational trail on Worthington's west side. Plans are to establish a trail that would link Worthington Middle School to the Minnesota West Community and Technical College campus and future site of the YMCA, and then on to Prairie Elementary, said Nobles County Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder. In talks with other counties that have recently completed trail projects, Schnieder said a good estimate would be $150,000 per mile.