Julie Buntjer joined the 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 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 farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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ELLSWORTH -- They shimmered and shone in the sunlight by mid-afternoon Saturday -- 14,000 white plastic spoons, each to symbolize the death of a child under the age of five.
WINDOM -- A coating of snow and temperatures in the upper 20s wasn't what the people of Windom had hoped for when they planned their grand re-opening of the Windom Municipal Airport Saturday morning. Guests were dressed in winter coats, hats, scarves and mittens to welcome Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, along with State Sen. Jim Vickerman and Rep. Rod Hamilton to the airport's hangar for the event. The grand opening celebration was one of the final events to cap off what had been more than a month-long salute to aviation at the Cottonwood County Historical Museum in Windom.
WORTHINGTON -- Eleven people, including one infant, are without a home after fire and smoke heavily damaged their multi-unit house early Friday morning. The Worthington Fire Department was paged to 839 10th St. shortly after 1 a.m. Friday to find the fire confined mostly to the kitchen and living area on the main floor of the older, three-story home. No one was injured in the blaze, and six people were at home at the time the fire broke out. Worthington Fire Chief Rick Von Holdt said the cause of the fire was a space heater that was plugged in or running.
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington native Branden Roth, who left his hometown behind more than two years ago to pursue a life-long dream to become an actor, will appear in an episode of "I'm Alive" tonight on Animal Planet. The show airs at 8 p.m., and is the first in what Animal Planet hopes will be a new series on its network. The show shares the real-life stories of people who encounter attacks by animals and survive. In the episode, Roth plays the older brother of a boy who was bitten by a Black Widow Spider.
WORTHINGTON -- A bridge closure near Ellsworth and concerns regarding ownership of a bridge over a judicial ditch north of Worthington dominated the discussion at Tuesday morning's Nobles County Board of Commissioners meeting. Nobles County Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder said the county took action to close the bridge on County State Aid Highway 11, about a mile northeast of Ellsworth, after it was discovered the bridge had shifted about two to three inches and was beginning to tilt. "The bridge is starting to tip, and the beams underneath are completely rotted through," said Schnie
WORTHINGTON -- Soybean harvest across southwest Minnesota has been spotty the past two weeks, thanks to a crop that is maturing later than usual and an ongoing stretch of rainy weather that has kept farmers out of fields that are ready. Minnesota's weekly Crop Weather report, issued late Monday afternoon by the USDA's National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS), showed that just 19 percent of the state's soybean crop had been harvested as of Sunday, while only 71 percent had reached maturity.
WORTHINGTON -- Earlier this week, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) released its draft list of impaired waters for 2010. Among the 147 lakes to be added to the list are Lake Okabena in Worthington, the west basin of Lake Ocheda in Nobles County, Flaherty Lake in Jackson County, Bloody and Lime lakes in Murray County, and Bean, Bingham, Eagle, Talcot and the north portion of Double lakes in Cottonwood County. With the newly drafted list, Minnesota now has 3,049 impaired waters on 1,205 lakes and 436 rivers statewide. The impaired waters designation, and the subsequent Total Maxim
WORTHINGTON -- USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Services State Conservationist William Hunt was in Worthington Tuesday morning to present a $245,000 check to the Kanaranzi-Little Rock (K-LR) Watershed District Joint Powers Board.
ADRIAN -- Sterling Drug will celebrate the grand opening of its telepharmacy in Adrian this Wednesday through Friday. The facility opened in June inside the Adrian Government Building, 209 Maine Ave. Telepharmacy has become a buzzword in the pharmaceutical industry as small town pharmacies across the country close their doors.
WORTHINGTON -- In one of the shortest speeches in recent history at King Turkey Day, Maj. Gen.