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 -- A Worthington High School FFA team took top honors during the Minnesota FFA Convention earlier this week in St. Paul. Worthington's Market Plan team of Allison Jaycox, Maggie Fornoff and Amy Schutte placed first of five teams competing in the contest. The team has earned a trip to compete at the National FFA Convention this fall in Indianapolis, Ind. A story on the trio and their first place State FFA award will be in Thursday's Daily Globe.
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington's Early Risers Kiwanis group and the Lake Okabena Improvement Association are calling on all volunteers to help beautify the community's parks and clean up trash around Lake Okabena and Whiskey Ditch on Saturday morning. The Kiwanians are hosting the third annual Kiwanis One Day event to encourage volunteers to clean up the trash and pick up the sticks that have collected in parks throughout Worthington. Jacoba Nagel, an Early Risers Kiwanis member, said trash bags will be provided for volunteers and a list of the local parks will be available for people to choose
WORTHINGTON -- In the first of what is hoped to be an ongoing series to introduce local residents to the history and culture of other nations, the Nobles County Integration Collaborative and Minnesota West Community and Technical College hosted a presentation by Marty Gallanter on Israel Tuesday night. Past president of the Mt. Zion Congregation in Sioux Falls, S.D., Gallanter has made more than 40 visits to Israel.
WORTHINGTON -- Health officials around the world and here at home continue to monitor reports of North American Influenza (formerly called the swine flu) and its spread from Mexico to the United States and Canada. As of Monday, the Minnesota Department of Health had completed testing on 14 specimens at its laboratories, all of which were negative for the novel influenza virus. Dr. Ruth Lynfield, state epidemiologist, said MDH laboratories had received 46 specimens as of Monday afternoon to be tested for the virus.
WORTHINGTON -- Carol Hoehn gently lifted the cover from a small, flat cardboard box to reveal the wedding gown and veil that had been worn by her mother back on Oct. 12, 1938. "It's been in this box ever since I can remember," said Hoehn, one of about 20 people who attended an heirloom preservation workshop Thursday afternoon in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- People who placed televisions and computer monitors on their curb for Worthington's city-wide cleanup will quickly realize that the city isn't going to haul those electronics away for free this year. The reason is that the city -- and the county -- are once again being charged to recycle devices containing cathode-ray tubes.
WORTHINGTON -- People who placed televisions and computer monitors on their curb for Worthington's city-wide clean-up will quickly realize that the city isn't going to haul those electronics away for free this year. The reason is that the city -- and the county -- are once again being charged to get rid of devices containing cathode-ray tubes.
WORTHINGTON -- In honor of Earth Day today, the Retail Committee of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce is rolling out a new promotion -- canvas shopping bags. Maria Thier, owner of Lit'l Wizards in downtown Worthington and a member of the committee, said the group wanted to find a way to be more eco-friendly and reduce the number of plastic bags that blow around town and end up in places like Lake Okabena. Working in conjunction with the Lake Okabena Improvement Association, the retail committee designed and printed 1,000 canvas shopping bags, which will be available for purchase start
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County 4-H summer intern program will get funded after all, thanks to an unexpected donation from another county department. Sheriff Kent Wilkening went before Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday morning with a check in hand for $3,000 -- money given to the sheriff's department as a stipend for sending several staff members to a grant-funded training recently offered through the Southwest Mental Health Consortium. "Most of my employees were paid because it was part of their work day," said Wilkening, adding that the stipends were not anticipated as budget revenues f
BREWSTER -- In a 7-4 roll call vote, the Round Lake-Brewster School Board rejected the option of moving to a four-day school week during its Monday night meeting in Brewster.