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 -- A joint meeting of the Rock County Commissioners, Luverne City Council and Luverne Board of Education failed to end in a signed resolution Tuesday night that would provide for the abatement of real estate taxes for Midwest Fire, a Luverne business hoping to relocate and expand within the community. While Rock County commissioners and the school board voiced favor to the tax abatement proposal, they tabled the request until a business development subsidy agreement was signed by Midwest Fire owner Scott Schneekloth.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa -- As an occasional breeze rustled through their folded programs, nearly 250 attendees celebrated with dignitaries from the Department of Veterans Affairs Monday morning during the dedication of the new community-based outpatient clinic in Spirit Lake. Three years have passed since talks first began on opening a VA clinic in Dickinson County.
BREWSTER -- Rural Brewster farmer Bill Gordon, along with his 31 classmates in the fourth class of Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) program, are heading to South Africa in February 2008 for the program's international study tour. The destination was announced during the group's summer meeting last week in Duluth. MARL is a non-profit educational program open to individuals involved in production agriculture or ag business, as well as those in rural leadership roles. Gordon was selected for MARL based on his application and interview.
WORTHINGTON -- Anyone who has gone windshield farming along rural roads the past couple of weeks has likely noticed how well the crops are looking. While heat and humidity have pushed people to the air-conditioned indoors, they have also helped southwest Minnesota accumulate 1,017 growing degree days (GDD) -- 174 GDD above normal -- according to Minnesota's weekly crop weather report issued Monday by the National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS). The high rate of GDD has advanced the crops at a quicker pace, particularly the corn fields.
WORTHINGTON -- An application for a Community-Oriented Policing (COPS) grant, which could provide the Nobles County Sheriff's Department with enough funds to support a new deputy's salary for up to two years, was met with concern among county commissioners during their Tuesday morning meeting. Sheriff Kent Wilkening said the state has up to $2 million available for the COPS program.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- With a week-long break due to the Fourth of July holiday, Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley continued his quest to visit each Iowa county to meet with his constituents, answer questions and provide answers on recent bills before the Senate.
LISMORE -- When it comes to milking 350 cows, tending to about 600 acres of corn, alfalfa and oats, bottle- and pail-feeding baby calves and performing all of the miscellaneous chores that go along with farm life, it's easy to understand why farming is a family affair for Jerome and Mary Weidert of rural Lismore. The couple, along with their seven children, were named as 2007's Nobles County Farm Family of the Year this week. The University of Minnesota Extension Service-sponsored program will honor 68 families this year -- one from each county -- Aug.
With a curled up piggin string clenched between his teeth, 14-year-old Ian Fleace spurred his horse into a gallop, kicking up dust as he rode across the practice arena on his dad's farm near Spafford Wednesday night. With a smooth dismount from his horse, he grabbed a taut rope and headed toward a bleating goat. Once he reached the animal, he flipped it on its side, grabbed the piggin string from his mouth and tied the goat's legs together. Earlier this month, Fleace garnered championship honors in goat tying at the Minnesota Wrangler Junior High Rodeo in Pine River.
WORTHINGTON -- Free pancakes and sausage, a cattle-judging contest, a petting zoo and a coloring contest for kids with soybean-based crayons are among the events planned Saturday morning during Breakfast on the Farm at the John and Gloria Widboom farm north of Worthington. The Farm Bureau-sponsored event is geared to educate the public about agriculture, and recognize ag producers responsible for putting food on dinner plates of consumers around the world. "This is something that's commonly been done in counties for many years," said Matt Widboom, son of John and Gloria and a member of the N
LUVERNE -- During an unusual evening meeting Tuesday in Luverne, Rock County Commissioners sent a tax abatement request from Midwest Fire to the county's budget committee for further discussion. The request came after Midwest Fire owner Scott Schneekloth backed away from plans to utilize JOBZ benefits to relocate and expand his fire truck manufacturing business in Luverne. Without the JOBZ benefits, the City of Luverne, along with Rock County and the Luverne School District are being asked to approve an eight-year tax abatement for Midwest Fire. The estimated total abatement amounts to $154