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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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
SLAYTON -- Charlotte Larson has been researching her family tree, and helping others research their history, for more than 30 years.
WINDOM -- Close to 100 people stood in the rain outside the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) building on the outskirts of Windom Saturday morning to celebrate the release of three trumpeter swans into the wild. One by one, the birds ventured out of the large pet carriers and floated onto a choppy Wolf Lake as the wind pelted rain drops into the faces of onlookers. After getting a safe distance from shore, each bird flapped its wings as if to say, "I'm free." This was the sixth year swans have been released into the Wolf Lake Waterfowl Production Area.
WORTHINGTON -- As volunteers and employees of The Achievement Center (TAC) completed last-minute details, lines formed outside the Worthington Hockey Arena Friday morning in the rain and mist for the opening day of the 36th annual TAC indoor rummage sale. "Come in and shop 'til you drop," said Paul Jans, TAC branch manager, before opening the doors to let the people file in. Once inside, one gentleman said, "Oh boy, look at all the good stuff," as women scattered to various shopping areas. One woman, who said she often attends the TAC rummage sale on opening day, added that she was out to "
HARTLEY, Iowa -- City and county officials, Iowa political leaders and VeraSun Energy executives went shoulder to shoulder under near-horizontal rain Wednesday afternoon to break ground on a 110-million-gallon ethanol biorefinery southwest of Hartley.
WORTHINGTON -- "The hammer is down, as the truckers would say," exclaimed Gene "Pucky" Sandager from the cab of his tractor Wednesday afternoon -- the fourth day of corn and soybean planting for the rural Hills farmer. With perfect weather conditions the past several days, Sandager said he had planted about three-fourths of his corn crop and was close to having three-fourths of his soybean crop in the ground. "We've found out in the past that putting corn in and starting with beans a couple of days later we have tremendous yields," said Sandager, adding that the weather forecast calls for wa
LUVERNE -- Midwest Fire is the latest company to take advantage of Minnesota's JOBZ program in Luverne, announcing plans Tuesday to construct a new facility in the community's industrial park that in essence triples the amount of space it presently occupies. The company's owner, Scott Schneekloth, met with members of the Luverne Economic Development Authority (LEDA) Monday night to work out details of the project. The City of Luverne will provide Schneekloth with a free lot -- complete with water, sewer and electrical hook-up -- on Commerce Road, adjacent to the Schuur Concrete property.
LITTLE ROCK TOWNSHIP -- It stood as a landmark for generations of Little Rock Township farmers, hunters and trappers, and while its historic significance lay in two solitary holes once used by trappers, it was all but destroyed for the sake of progress on Monday. As a backhoe worked to uproot century-old oaks, cottonwoods, elms, maples and ash trees, neighbors along this rural gravel road were up in arms Monday afternoon over the destruction, wondering if and how it could be stopped, and reminiscing over life spent living near and farming around this tree claim. The deep-rutted path that led
ST. PAUL -- The Jackson County Central FFA Chapter brought home four sets of first-place hardware following the Minnesota FFA Convention earlier this week in the Twin Cities. The winning judging teams included crops, soils, farm business management and poultry. The Mountain Lake FFA Chapter's floriculture team also placed first at the state event.
WORTHINGTON -- What do balloon animals, blood pressure checks and bicycles have in common? All of them will be available to individuals during the first Kids Day and Health Fair, hosted by the Nobles County Hispanic Community from 1 to 5 p.m.