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 -- 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.
WORTHINGTON -- Following a March 1 bid opening, Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder presented Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday with bids for the completion of the Nobles County 35 road project between Adrian and Rushmore. Six bids were received for the project, all of which came in above the engineer's estimate of $5,318,896.59. The low bid was presented by Duininck Bros.
ELLSWORTH -- It isn't about winning or losing, but about helping a family in need that had students in Ellsworth Public School carrying out a good ol' fashioned penny war during the past two weeks. An all-school assembly Monday afternoon recognized the top class in the elementary (pre-kindergarten through sixth grade) that collected the greatest weight of coins, and the top class in seventh through 12th grades that collected the largest number of pennies.
LUVERNE -- Neither wind, sleet nor snow stopped Rock County residents from conducting a ground-breaking ceremony Thursday morning on the courthouse lawn in Luverne. The 10 a.m. program was moved inside the courthouse and included a presentation by local Legion and VFW Color Guard members. Approximately 30 people were in attendance, said Rock County Administrator Kyle Oldre. Following the program -- which included comments by Rock County Veterans Memorial Committee chair Rick Peterson, Warren Herreid Sr.
RUSHMORE -- About 60 households in four Nobles County townships are without electricity, and they may not get it back until Saturday if weather conditions keep crews off the job today. Dan Fauskee of Nobles Cooperative Electric said rural homes in portions of Little Rock, Ransom, Dewald and Olney townships are impacted as a result of downed power lines. Some residents had been without power beginning as early as 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Crews worked on lines throughout the county -- including a call that came in at 2:58 a.m. four miles north of Brewster -- but had to be pulled in at 2:30 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- With blustery winds creating blizzard conditions Thursday, thousands of local residents received a welcome day off from work and school. But what can you do with a day off if travel is nearly impossible and businesses throughout town have closed early? Order a pizza. That was the word from Carolyn Landberg, manager at Worthington's Pizza Hut who, at 2 p.m., was still bustling with pizza orders and overseeing delivery drivers. "It started right away this morning," said Landberg of orders coming in non-stop since its 11 a.m. opening.
WORTHINGTON -- Today kicks off a month-long campaign by food pantries across the country to collect food and financial contributions to help feed the hungry. Food Shelf Month is marking its 25th anniversary this month, and according to Manna Food Pantry coordinator Gene Foth, food shelf usage remains strong since Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials raided Worthington's Swift & Co.
LAKE WILSON -- With a seven-day vacation to Maui and a feature article in Redbook magazine on the line, Jodi Gillette is calling for anyone with a computer to log onto www.redbookmag.com and vote for her husband, Greg, in the magazine's annual "Redbook's Hottest Husband" contest. Meanwhile, 30-year-old Greg is trying to go about his job as a UPS truck driver, growing ever-more embarrassed about being one of 18 nationwide finalists for the honor.
LUVERNE -- While the water in the Rock River may not be visible today because of the snow and ice, officials with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Mankato-based Water Resources Center are concerned about what's flowing under the surface. The Rock River made the impaired waters list for exceeding state standards for ammonia, fecal coliform bacteria and turbidity levels.
LAKEFIELD -- The community of Lakefield is mourning the loss of two 9-year-old girls who died in a Saturday morning house fire in this small, Jackson County community. Taylor Schmucker and Krystal Schwartzenberger were discovered in a second-floor bedroom by Lakefield firefighters after being called to the home at 305 S. Griffin St., at 10:28 a.m.