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 it appears a special legislative session will be called in Minnesota after Labor Day to deal with transportation funding as a result of the Interstate 35 bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Nobles County commissioners made it clear during their board meeting Tuesday that rural Minnesota should not be overlooked. Sen. Jim Vickerman, DFL-Tracy, Rep.
WORTHINGTON -- An apple pie-baking contest and a show of square dancing tractors are two new features added to the Nobles County Fair this year as festivities officially get under way on Wednesday. The two events are both a part of Thursday's activities at the fairgrounds in Worthington. Also new this year is a horseshoe tournament, to begin at noon on Sunday. Today is entry day for all 4-H non-livestock exhibits, with entry of open class foods, fine arts, fancy work and fruits and vegetables scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
ALLENDORF, Iowa -- To passersby, the Gilbert and Leann Greenfield farm along A-22, just south of Allendorf, appears to be a typical rural homestead hidden by a grove of trees. However, a turn into their driveway will reveal anything but a typical landscape. Hundreds, in fact thousands, of flowers have been painstakingly planted, groomed and watered in neatly arranged areas on the Greenfield farm -- a project Leann has nurtured in her spare time. She will be honored later this month by the Osceola County Farm Bureau as its beautification award recipient.
WORTHINGTON -- The Viking Terrace apartment complex in Worthington has been nominated for a national award by the Affordable Housing Finance Magazine (AHFM). The recently refurbished, 60-unit complex will compete in the rural finalist category of the AHFM's Reader's Choice Awards. Three other projects are in competition with Viking Terrace, and people are invited to vote for their favorite project on the AHFM's Web site, www.housingfinance.com . The winner will be announced during the 2007 Reader's Choice Awards luncheon Oct.
LUVERNE -- The Rock County Fairgrounds was bustling with activity Wednesday afternoon as carnival rides were being set up on the Midway, 4-H families were unloading livestock and food vendors were making sure they had all of their supplies.
BIGELOW -- The installation of a new sewer system in Bigelow has left the town in a swarm of construction activity, but members of the Bigelow Booster Club are hoping for a different kind of swarm this weekend as they mark their annual Swampy Days celebration. "Everybody can get to the park," said Booster Club president Connie Reitmeier, adding that signs are posted marking the way.
JACKSON -- Jason Diemer and his family are nearing the end of an era of Jackson County 4-H involvement. The youngest of six children, Diemer followed in his siblings' footsteps when he joined 4-H at the age of 6. Now 19 and in the last year of his 4-H career, he will show beef cattle and a lone goat at the Jackson County fair, which runs through Sunday. "This is it. This is the last go-round," said Diemer as he relaxed on a bench near the entrance of the fairgrounds Wednesday afternoon.
DUNNELL -- A cornucopia of musical styles, mixed with fire twirling, belly dancing, art vendors and massage are packaged into the Cornstalk Music, Art and Peace Festival this weekend at the Homer and Heidi Scott farm, located east of Alpha. The festival celebrated its inaugural year in 2006, and many of the musicians are returning to the Scott farm this year. Heidi Scott, known as the Corn Woman, said proceeds raised from this year's festival will go to the Disabled American Veterans. "We're showing our support for these returning veterans," she said. The festival got its start after Scott
WORTHINGTON -- In a special early morning meeting Monday between Nobles County commissioners and the Worthington City Council, the county voted to support city leaders on the proposed expansion route of U.S. 59/Minnesota 60 along Worthington's beltline. The decision was unanimous, with Commissioner David Benson unable to attend. The meeting followed a session last Tuesday in which Minnesota Department of Transportation Project Manager Peter Harff addressed county concerns with the route that was selected several years ago over a potential west bypass of the city.
BREWSTER -- Minnesota Soybean Processors has signed a service agreement with Bunge North America Inc., for commercial and administrative support at its processing facility in Brewster. The agreement, which takes effect Sept.