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 -- The Nobles County Chapter of Pheasants Forever earlier this month reached $1.4 million in investments in pheasant habitat in the county. The milestone was reached following the purchase of a 160-acre parcel adjacent to the Fenmot Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Wilmont Township, just a mile south of the Murray County line. Scott Rall, PF Chapter president, said the newly-named Hansen Addition to Fenmot WMA will include a substantial wetland restoration project. It is the 18th acquisition by the local chapter since it was organized 24 years ago.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- After listening to nearly an hour's worth of public testimony, the Osceola County Public Safety Commission set its 2007-2008 law enforcement budget at $878,500 -- $40,000 less than what was requested by the county's sheriff. In a standing-room-only public hearing Wednesday evening, commissioners were criticized for forcing deputies to drive high-mileage squad cars and creating low morale in the department by using outdated equipment and paying low wages. In a recent incident, Sheriff Doug Weber said a deputy was involved in a high-speed chase -- traveling speeds in excess of
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday accepted the low bid from Duinink Bros. Inc., of Prinsburg, to reconstruct County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 35 between Rushmore and Adrian. Commissioners tabled acceptance of the bid earlier this month as a result of missing paperwork from the state. The Duinink Bros. bid was $5,403,041.25, approximately 1.2 percent above the engineer's estimate for the project, said Nobles County Public Works director Stephen Schnieder.
OKABENA -- Two members of Boy Scout Troop 793 of Heron Lake and Okabena will receive Eagle Scout awards today in Okabena. Dakota Nitch, who began his scouting career in 1999 as a Cub Scout and moved to the Boy Scout ranks in 2001, removed a dilapidated shed from a wildlife management area to earn his Eagle. It wasn't removal but renovation of a shed that qualified Nitch's fellow scout, Josh Kruger, to earn his Eagle.
LAKE SHETEK -- Would you like to see how a maple tree is tapped? Have you ever wanted to make maple syrup? Visitors can experience both of those tasks and more Sunday during an old-fashioned Sugarbush Boil-off at the Shetek Environmental Learning Center. The center is located on the Shetek Lutheran Ministries Bible Camp on Keeley Island, Lake Shetek. Vicki Doeden will lead programs at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to demonstrate the process of collecting sap and transforming it into a tasty, homemade maple syrup.
WORTHINGTON -- Quality, consistency and consumer satisfaction are at an all-time high in the beef industry, and today's producers want to ensure those rankings continue well into the future. More than 20 cattle producers from southwest Minnesota took part in a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program Wednesday in Worthington.
LUVERNE -- With temperatures feeling more like late spring, the Luverne Area Chamber of Commerce is hoping to help break the winter blahs with its annual Home, Health and Garden Show this Saturday. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Recorder Lynn Wilson is encouraging anyone with summer and fall travel planned outside the United States to apply for passports now. After new passport requirements went into effect Jan. 1, in which all people traveling by air outside the United States must have a passport for re-entry, Wilson said there is a backlog of applications to be processed. As such, passports that used to arrive within six weeks are now taking up to 10 weeks to process.
WORTHINGTON -- Larry Potter dreams of one day looking to the north and west of his Blue Line Travel Center and seeing Porsches and Jaguars maneuvering through a 3.5-mile road course, with spectators watching the action from seating areas or enjoying the amenities of a campground. "It's been thought about for quite a while," said Potter, who plans to take his dream before members of the Nobles County Planning and Zoning Commission March 28 in Worthington. "The vision is a motor sports complex, starting with a road course," explained Potter. One of his major concerns, however, is getting the
WORTHINGTON -- During their national study tour to Washington, D.C., last week, members in the fourth class of the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership program discussed at length the debate surrounding the 2007 Farm Bill. The MARL group consists of 32 agricultural producers and ag business professionals from across the state, including four who reside in, or have ties to, the area.