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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LUVERNE -- More than 25 acts are signed up to perform during the eighth annual Rock County Fair Talent Contest, slated to begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Rock County Fairgrounds in Luverne. Among those vying for cash prizes are numerous musical acts, from solos to groups. The Spotlight Dancers are also on tap to perform to several different songs. The talent show will be performed in the grandstand.
WORTHINGTON -- The Wii Phat team from Fulda lost the most weight in the 2009 Avera Worthington Specialty Clinic's Weight Loss Challenge, losing a combined 131 pounds or 11.3 percent of their body mass index. Kelli Van Grouw, clinic manager, said final results were tabulated Monday afternoon. The total weight loss of all participants was 1,413.5 pounds, for an overall 1.68 percent of body weight lost. "I don't think we can be more pleased," said Van Grouw late Monday afternoon.
WORTHINGTON -- Ana Galvez still gets tears in her eyes when she thinks of what people in her own country did to her husband. The couple had a good marriage, a good life in their hometown near San Salvador in El Salvador. She taught kindergarten, first and third grades in the nearby community of Nejapa, and later in Apopa, while her husband served his country in the Air Force. "We were a very well-known family in our town," she said recently through the aid of a translator.
PIPESTONE -- When Gloria Hazell and Chuck Derby sent letters out to 30 tribes of the Dakota people in the Upper Midwest, offering to teach the next generation of Native Americans the art of harvesting the sacred catlinite at the Pipestone quarries, they had hoped to get throngs of apprentices. But when not a single offer was accepted, the husband and wife began to fear even more that the sacred traditions of the Dakota people -- quarrying and making pipes from the soft, clay-based catlinite -- may die alongside the current quarriers. The Dakota community in Pipestone numbers about 100 to 125
WINDOM -- Walk into most convenience stores these days and you will likely be inundated with advertisements touting one brand or another of tobacco. If you aren't paying attention, the sheer number of the ads may not bother you.
WORTHINGTON -- There has been little activity on the former Central School block in Worthington since the school building was torn down in December 2007. That will soon change, however, as workers were at the site Monday morning to take soil borings in preparation for construction of a new Unity House on the northeastern portion of the property. Scott Johnson, executive director of the Southwestern Mental Health Center (SMHC), said on Thursday that construction is hoped to begin sometime in September.
WORTHINGTON -- The stench of burnt carpet still hung in the air Tuesday afternoon, days after someone illegally dumped a load of garbage in a ditch across from Smith Lake in rural Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners approved more than $40,000 in appropriations to several non-profit entities on Tuesday to fulfill previously approved obligations. The approvals were granted less than a month after board members voted to notify agencies of budget cuts that may impact the amount of money they receive in the future. Agencies receiving appropriations during Tuesday's meeting include the Civil Air Patrol, which will receive its entire 2009 appropriation request of $1,200; and the Nobles County Fair Association, which requested its remaining appropriation of $17,500.
WORTHINGTON -- It is actually quite pretty until you realize the blue-green coloring that covers the silky sand at Centennial Beach and clings to the rocks along the shoreline is actually decaying algae. With anticipated 80-degree temperatures later this week, it can only mean one thing -- the potent smell that comes from algae death is sure to keep even the curious dog out of Lake Okabena for a little while. A visit to the beach Monday afternoon was void of little children building sand castles and pre-teens floating on inflatable rafts.
WORTHINGTON -- When a woman is diagnosed with cancer, one of the early questions weighing on her mind is the impact required chemotherapy or radiation treatments will have on her body. While research continues to find ways to alleviate some of the repercussions of cancer and its treatment, the American Cancer Society (ACS) and various cosmetology groups have partnered on a program to maintain and boost self-image and confidence in women undergoing treatment. The Look Good Feel Better program has been offered through ACS for 20 years, but it wasn't until a couple of years ago that group sessi