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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PIPESTONE -- Steve and Margaret Lange of Pipestone were honored in a special ceremony in Washington, D.C., one week ago today for their decision to enroll 60 acres of marginal farm land into the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program.
WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota State Reps. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, and Doug Magnus, R-Slayton, along with State Sen. Jim Vickerman, D-Tracy, appeared before Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday to discuss legislative concerns of the county prior to the Legislature's Feb.
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LUVERNE -- The Luverne City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to proceed with condemnation of three tracts of land adjacent to Quentin Aanenson Field, so the city can move forward with plans to expand the airport's runway. The decision to condemn the parcels came after more than a year of unproductive efforts to purchase 77 acres -- consisting of 55 acres from the Robert and Sheila Stegenga Trust, 10 acres from the Carolyn Tofteland and Robert Pendergraft estate (owned in part by children Dean Tofteland, Sherri Kraus, Troy Tofteland and Brad Tofteland), and 12 acres from George Mann.
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington Regional Hospital treated 25 patients and diverted another nine patients to Sanford Luverne Community Hospital after an ammonia leak sickened workers at the JBS Swift & Co. plant in Worthington Tuesday night. Worthington Ambulance was paged at 9:57 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Joyce Jacobs, executive director of the Southwest Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross, is hoping a new office location on Oxford Street in Worthington will be more visible to not only local residents, but also to those who hail from points beyond Nobles County. "We're just really excited to be on Oxford Street," said Jacobs, who opened the office Jan. 2 in the lower level of the octagon building that houses, on the main level, the Jason Vote State Farm Insurance Agency.
LUVERNE -- More than three months have passed since Minnesota bars and restaurants went smoke-free, and for the most part, there have been few problems with business owners complying with the law. In her report to Nobles-Rock Community Health Services board members Wednesday in Luverne, Paula Anderson said there have been a few violations within the two counties, including one each at a beauty shop and bar in Luverne and at a pizza place in Worthington. Statewide, Anderson said approximately 60 violations have been recorded. Grant funding from Blue Cross Blue Shield given to the agency for
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to pursue relocation of the Nobles County RSVP office to Room 202 in the Nobles County Government Center, effective March 1. Since Jan. 1, RSVP has been the lone tenant in a rented building on 11th Street. The organization's move was necessitated in an attempt to put all RSVP offices in the southwest Minnesota chapter on a more even footing.
WORTHINGTON -- New Vision Cooperative general manager Frank McDowell and agronomy division manager Dennis Weber discussed plans for a proposed 45,000-ton fertilizer blend and combination herbicide/seed storage facility near Brewster during Tuesday's meeting of the Nobles County Board of Commissioners. With hopes of starting construction on the $10 million project in April, McDowell and Weber requested the county upgrade one-half mile of 210th Street in Hersey Township, which is gravel, to a posted 10-ton road.
WORTHINGTON -- Children auditioning for a part in Missoula Children's Theatre's production of "The Pied Piper" later this week in Worthington went from cheerfully announcing their name in reaction to winning a million dollars to stomping their feet and angrily shouting their name when they were told the money was going to someone else. The responses were part of a group audition at the Memorial Auditorium on Monday afternoon.