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 -- While the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Nobles County will be marked on May 23, most of the celebrating will actually take place this summer. Among the county's plans are to sponsor a medallion hunt in each of the 12 communities of Nobles County.
WORTHINGTON -- Free bus transportation will be provided for Nobles County's World War II veterans and their families to attend the World War II Memorial Dedication June 9 in St. Paul. Nobles County Veterans Service Officer Mark Joldersma has arranged for two Reading Bus Lines motor coaches to transport up to 112 people to the dedication event.
WORTHINGTON -- With a second incident of hepatitis A striking Minnesotans in a matter of a couple of weeks -- the latest discovery coming last Thursday at Burnsville High School -- public health officials are reminding those who work with food of the basic steps in preventing the virus. "Prevention is simple, but also, it's a little complicated. It's 100 percent consistency," said Jason Kloss, sanitarian with Nobles-Rock Community Health Services. The most important practice in preventing hepatitis A is good hygiene.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Members of the Worthington Composite squadron of the Civil Air Patrol received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Sunday when they took turns riding in a U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- Increasing by more than 100 percent in a decade, the latest census figures show nearly 48,000 children in Minnesota live under the care of a grandparent. When other relatives are added to the mix, the number of children living with family other than their parents swells to an estimated 71,000. Sharon Durken, executive director of Minnesota Kinship Caregivers Association (MKCA), said the trend of grandparents becoming caregivers to grandchildren continues to increase.
LUVERNE -- After more than two years of Public Health Preparedness education and trainings, staff with Nobles-Rock Community Health Services put their skills to use in a live scenario when they were asked to assist Lincoln-Lyon-Murray-Pipestone Public Health Services in last week's Hepatitis A immune globulin (IG) clinics in Slayton. During a Wednesday afternoon meeting of the NRCHS board, the agency's director, Brad Meyer, reported that staff had logged 16.5 hours of overtime to assist with the mass clinics. "If something happened here, we'd want (other agencies) to come and help," he added
LAKE WILSON -- They've known since early March, but were told they couldn't say anything until the June issue of Redbook magazine hit newsstands across the country. Well, the Redbook issue isn't out yet in the Midwest, but Greg and Jodi Gillette received a copy in their mailbox Monday declaring Greg the winner in the magazine's 2007 Hottest Husband contest. "It's supposed to be on newsstands May 15," said Jodi Gillette Monday night.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County commissioners during their Tuesday morning work session resolved to take an option on slightly more than 60 acres of farmland adjacent to Minnesota 60 and Nobles County 36, northeast of Worthington. The option, offered by landowners Eldon and Janice Bartz of Willmar, gives the county first rights to purchase the property if and when it is needed for economic development.
WORTHINGTON -- Half a dozen members of the national grassroots organization WIFE (Women Involved in Farm Economics) were in southwest Minnesota Tuesday to learn about cooperative efforts in renewable energy. The group toured Minwind Energy's wind farm in Rock County, Wolf Wind Farm near Rushmore and Heron Lake Bio-Energy's ethanol plant near Heron Lake before traveling to Soy Solutions' biodiesel plant in Milford, Iowa. The visits were part of a three-day tour touting renewable energy in Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa, according to Pam Potthoff of Trenton, Neb.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Osceola County Sheriff Doug Weber was both surprised and grateful after being handed the title to a donated squad car Monday afternoon in Sibley. The 2003 Crown Victoria was recently taken in on trade by Jeddeloh Ford-Chevy-Buick of Sibley, and in a two-minute conversation with a local attorney last Friday, it was decided to donate the car to the Osceola County Sheriff's Department. Jeddeloh dealership owner Larry Jeddeloh and attorney Dan DeKoter, along with DeKoter's partners Mike Thole, Harold Dawson and Nicole Jensen-Harris, presented the title and keys to Weber and Jerry