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 -- Pancakes, a mini air show, plane rides for the kids, tours of a World War II-era DC-3 and an appearance by the Vanguard Squadron are all on tap for this weekend's celebration and grand reopening of Quentin Aanenson Air Field in Luverne. Darrell Gilmore, owner of Great Plains Avionics Services and fixed base operator at Luverne's airport since May, said the celebration marks the completion of the runway extension and addition of several new lighting features at the airport. Luverne, once home to the shortest municipal runway in Minnesota, completed the expansion project in late Jul
WORTHINGTON -- Commissioners set Nobles County's not-to-exceed levy at $9,568,807, reflecting a .6 percent increase over the 2009 levy, during their regular board meeting on Tuesday. The 2010 requested levy came in at $9,357,296, representing a 1.52 percent drop in the 2009 levy.
WORTHINGTON -- As agencies across the country struggle to meet a growing public demand for assistance due to the economy, agencies here at home are beginning to feel the pinch as well. The United Way of Nobles County, formerly the Worthington Area United Way, has seen a dramatic increase in the number of organizations requesting funds this year, as well as requests for increased funds from the groups they have supported in the past. "We actually had more agencies than ever before make requests," said Kelli Van Grouw, the new president of United Way of Nobles County.
HARRIS, Iowa -- The small town of Harris, Iowa, is surrounded by prime Osceola County farmland. So, it stands to reason that Harris Heritage Days focuses on some aspect of farm life -- the green, the red, a little bit of orange and perhaps some blue -- all tractors, of course. The antique farm implements arrived at the Harris ball field in all colors and sizes Sunday noon for the kickoff to Harris Heritage Days -- a tractor ride through portions of three counties. By the time the ride began, 23 tractors had lined up on the ball field.
KENNETH -- A rural Kenneth man is dead after the tractor he was driving tipped over and pinned him underneath. Larry Ossenfort, 63, was hauling a hay bale on the front of a Farmall IH 560 tractor along the side of a hill when the incident happened. The Rock County Sheriff's Office, along with the Hardwick, Kenneth and Luverne fire departments and Rock County Ambulance were paged at approximately 7:40 p.m.
WILDER -- With the value of corn and soybean crops today, more farmers are turning away from conservation practices they implemented years ago and returning marginal land to production. On Thursday afternoon, more than a dozen people gathered at the Timber Lake Wildlife Management Area southeast of Wilder to hear why they should keep their prairie grasses in place. Jill Sackett, Extension Educator and Conservation Agronomist with the University of Minnesota and Rural Advantage, joined Randy Markl of the Windom Department of Natural Resources for the presentation about native prairie seed pro
WOODSTOCK -- The Moraine II Wind Farm, located in portions of Pipestone and Murray counties, has been awarded more than $28 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program. The award, announced Tuesday by the U.S. Treasury Department, is among a dozen projects in eight states to receive a combined $502 million for wind and solar projects. Moraine II Wind Farm was developed by PPM Energy, a Scottish power company.
ADRIAN -- At one time, the Adrian Care Center, Sanford Adrian Clinic and former city hospital provided the community's senior population with a continuum of care. That model is changing, however, as more residents strive to live an independent lifestyle as long as possible -- and the city is going to change right along with it. Within the next week, the city of Adrian will put out a call for bids on a 13,000-square-foot addition to the Adrian Care Center, according to Adrian City Administrator Bruce Heitkamp.
WORTHINGTON -- With empty hog confinement barns, shuttered dairies and bare feedlots becoming a fact of life across rural America, it's hard for some crop and livestock producers to see a light at the end of the tunnel. The light may be fairly dim right now, but Mark Pearson, host of "Market to Market" on public television, left those involved in agriculture feeling a little bit better about the industry's outlook during a meeting in Worthington Thursday.
WORTHINGTON -- The traditional start of flu season is still a few months away, but this fall is anticipated to be anything but typical with H1N1 novel influenza anticipated to be more of a threat. Nobles-Rock Community Health Services began meeting weekly earlier this month with representatives of each of the clinics and hospitals in the two counties to organize a plan of attack for the spread of the virus.