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 -- Children auditioning for a part in Missoula Children's Theatre's production of "The Pied Piper" later this week in Worthington went from cheerfully announcing their name in reaction to winning a million dollars to stomping their feet and angrily shouting their name when they were told the money was going to someone else. The responses were part of a group audition at the Memorial Auditorium on Monday afternoon.
PASADENA, Calif. -- For years, my mom, Lorna, has watched the Tournament of Roses parade on television from the comfort of her living room on New Year's Day, and for years she has wished aloud, "Some day I want to go there." Well, on the first day of 2008, Mom's "some day" came true. She was so excited as that first entry in the 119th Rose Parade progressed down Colorado Boulevard that she had to wipe away tears that came to her eyes. In mid-October, Mom and I signed up for the trip offered through Reading Bus Lines.
WORTHINGTON -- Now that Christmas is over and all the remnants of holiday parties have been stuffed in trash bags, piled in garbage bins or burned in burn barrels, did you remember to recycle everything you could? Those gift boxes should have gone in the recycling bin, right along with the empty wine bottles, the soda cans, pizza boxes and especially the corrugated cardboard boxes that may have been filled with gifts delivered to your door. Each year, Minnesotans toss tons of recyclable material into their garbage -- material that decreases the life of landfills and contributes to the level
LUVERNE -- Cracked concrete columns lining Bridge No. 5050 over the Rock River in Luverne may be a cause for concern for drivers who traverse the bridge daily, but Rock County Highway Engineer Mark Sehr is quick to assure the public the bridge is still safe for travel. In a recent ranking of structurally-deficient bridges, the Rock County bridge topped out as the fourth worst bridge in the state.
SHELDON, Iowa -- On his last campaign stop before Christmas, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee drew a standing-room-only crowd inside the cafeteria of Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon Saturday night. Introduced by Iowa Republican Committee co-chair Bob VanderPlaats as a God-fearing man who "did good" for health care and education as governor of Arkansas, he said Huckabee is considered a leader on pro-life and pro-marriage issues. VanderPlaats said Huckabee was considered by the press as a second-tear candidate when he entered the presidential race. "Today in Iowa an
LUVERNE -- Families travel from near and far to be able to spend Christmas together, but few have had to endure the determination and physical therapy that Spc. Andrew Hanson has to be able to walk into his family's home in Luverne for the holidays. Hanson had hoped when he made this trek home from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., that it would be for good.
WORTHINGTON -- December has proved to be a busy month for land auctions throughout the area, and while not all of the sales have been recorded with county assessors as of yet, the average price of farm land has surpassed 2006 levels in all six counties in southwest Minnesota. Moreover, the trend toward higher prices doesn't seem to be slowing down. "I used to be surprised," said Rock County Assessor Tom Houselog of the prices paid per acre of farm land in the extreme southwest portion of the state.
WORTHINGTON -- The popcorn popper is installed, and the beverage equipment will be in place for a Christmas night opening of the Northland Cinema 5 in Worthington's Northland Mall. Todd Frager, who along with business partner David Fetters co-owns the Sioux Falls, S.D.-based West Mall Theaters, said a temporary lease was signed with Northland Mall on Friday, and bookings were made to get movies in for Christmas. "What this will do is give us time to work on the long-term lease," Frager said. "Leases take more than a few days to get done." Northland Cinema 5 will open at 6:30 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Holiday Lighting Contest has been judged, and this year's first-place winners are Arnold and Shirley Kazemba, 1976 Bay Street. The Kazembas, who moved into town eight years ago, have gradually added to their outdoor display, which includes a manger scene, carolers and the words, "O Holy Night," displayed in the front yard. "O Holy Night is one of my favorite Christmas songs, with Andy Williams singing it," Arnold said.
WORTHINGTON -- With the Senate's passage of the Food and Energy Security Act of 2007 (the Farm Bill) Friday, the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives have each sent versions to conference committee to come up with compromise legislation. While the passage of a new Farm Bill is far from over, state and local leaders in two of the nation's largest agricultural organizations -- Farm Bureau and Farmer's Union -- are for the most part comfortable with the proposed legislation.