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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LUVERNE -- "We all do better when we ALL do BETTER." That's the message Connie Connell sees every day when she goes to her refrigerator. The quote from the late Sen. Paul Wellstone serves as inspiration for the woman, who was recently honored by the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) for her 20 years of involvement in the 18-county region. Connell's tie to the foundation began in 1988 -- just two years after it was established -- when she submitted a grant request to SWIF while working for the Southwestern Mental Health Center in Luverne.
WORTHINGTON -- Are you planning to give or receive a new flat screen TV for Christmas? How about a new DVD player or computer? The Nobles County Environmental Office is starting a new program after the holidays that will allow residents to get rid of their old and non-working electronics for free. Environmental Officer Mark Koster said the city will host a collection in early January, in conjunction with Windom and Jackson. "We are working with other counties in the region, and if we get enough, they'll do a milk run and fill a semi load," Koster said.
ADRIAN -- For the first time in more than 40 years, Marvin Hoffenkamp wasn't able to deck his house and yard with festive lights and holiday decor for the Christmas season -- so his family, friends and neighbors did it for him. More than a dozen volunteers worked through snow, sleet and freezing rain Saturday to put up lights, glowing four-foot-tall candles, Santa and his reindeer and an array of other yard ornaments at the Hoffenkamp house on Arkansas Avenue, kitty-corner from the water tower in Adrian. Hoffenkamp's daughters, Dolly Bruns and Ruth Gunnink, coordinated the effort.
WORTHINGTON -- The drone of snowblowers and the chop, chop, chop of snow shovels could be heard in neighborhoods throughout Worthington late Saturday afternoon as the region dug out of its first winter storm of the season. Snow began falling before sunrise Saturday morning and changed over to a mixture of sleet and freezing rain before moving out of the region late Saturday night. By the time it was all finished, a total of 4 inches of white stuff blanketed yards and farm fields, and those who had to shovel snow had to break through a crusty layer of ice to get at the fluffy variety undernea
ADRIAN -- Born and raised on a farm just north of Adrian, Aggie Neuroth learned the value of hard work at a young age. Not much for books and school, she said she would have rather been on the farm helping out her folks than sitting behind a desk in class. Even today, the spry senior likes to be on the go -- and she is from virtually sun up to well beyond sun down. She opens the door to St. Adrian's Catholic Church every morning, works in the church kitchen during funerals, cleans and vacuums in the church sanctuary weekly and bakes and donates pie for the city's annual summer celebration.
WORTHINGTON -- Seeing is believing ... or in the case of the proposed Minnesota 60 four-lane project from Bigelow to Worthington, visualizing means thinking something may actually happen with the project in the next 15 years. Minnesota Department of Transportation's District 7 project manager Peter Harff was in Worthington Thursday to meet with landowners along Minnesota 60 regarding highway access and drainage issues.
WORTHINGTON -- It is a sign you wouldn't expect to see during the holidays, when shoppers are out in full force spending their hard-earned money on gifts for their family and friends. Nevertheless, stores come and stores go -- and communities like Worthington and Luverne are seeing a bit of both these days. Closing businesses have been a much-discussed topic in Worthington lately.
WORTHINGTON -- Doug Bullerman of Son-D-Farms Inc. of Adrian was called before the Nobles County Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night to respond to allegations he violated a conditional use permit. Bullerman was granted a permit in March to spread manure on a parcel of land in Section 24 of Westside Township, south of the City of Adrian. One of the conditions of the permit stated he was not to apply manure in a 520-foot by 210-foot (2.5 acre) tract adjacent to the Ann Mauch property because of the presence of a well on that site.
ADRIAN -- A crowd of nearly 200 Nobles County 4-H members and their families gathered Saturday night at the Adrian Middle/High School for the annual 4-H Achievement Banquet.
WORTHINGTON -- Bolts upon bolts of colorful fleece were stacked on tables in the RSVP office earlier this week, waiting for volunteers to begin cutting them into blanket lengths for those in need. The fleece was purchased with funds received from the United Way, and according to Nobles County RSVP Coordinator Joanne Bartosh, the project wouldn't be possible without the contributions made to the ongoing United Way fundraising campaign. RSVP is one of many local organizations to receive funding from the United Way.