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 Early Risers Kiwanis group in Worthington is hoping to make the community's park system more user-friendly, and it wants volunteers to help in the effort. On Saturday, the organization's members will mark the first Kiwanis One Day by picking up sticks, refuse and cigarette butts from Worthington's 26 parks.
WORTHINGTON -- Long-time Worthington businessman Karl Schafer died Sunday at Sunset Hospice Cottage, Worthington. He was 86. Karl and his wife, Irma, own Schafer's Organic Health Food Center in downtown Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- The price for a first-class stamp will increase to 41 cents in just more than five weeks, but that isn't the only change the postal industry is instituting. Beginning May 14, new designations will be made between letters, flats and parcels. Howard Kor, postmaster of Worthington's Post Office, said anything weighing less than 3.5 ounces in letter form is considered a letter. "Flats are anything over 3.5 ounces, and they must be able to bend some," Kor said.
WORTHINGTON -- In his visit to Slayton earlier this week to discuss the writing of the 2007 Federal Farm Bill, U.S. Rep. Tim Walz presented a colorful pie chart depicting the Farm Bill's budget and the dispersal of federal dollars by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Contrary to what many may think, the majority of those funds aren't dolled out in commodity payments or conservation assistance to farmers.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday cited concerns with the quality of paint used to complete striping on county-owned roads. The concerns were presented after public works director Stephen Schnieder asked the board to approve the advertisement of bids for paving marking services. "You look at the three-way stop by the old Butcher station, and that paint just doesn't last," said Commissioner chairman Norm Gallagher.
LUVERNE -- Rock County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a five-year tax abatement, as well as a $10,000 deferred loan from the Small Cities Development Program, to assist Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership (SWMHP) in its proposed acquisition of Rock Manor in Luverne. Located at 441 Hatting St., Rock Manor consists of four townhomes and a total of 24, two- and three-bedroom units.
SLAYTON -- Minnesota's 1st District Congressman Tim Walz was in southwest Minnesota on Monday, continuing his mission to collect input for the development of the 2007 Federal Farm Bill. His afternoon visit to Slayton was geared primarily toward discussion of renewable energy funding. A freshman Congressman and member of the House agriculture committee, Walz has voiced support for local control in wind energy development and for money to aid in the research and development of cellulosic ethanol production. However, on the heels of the House's passage last week of a $2.9 trillion federal budg
WORTHINGTON -- Life as Americans knew it changed on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Images of airplanes flying into the Twin Towers and of people falling to their deaths still linger in the memory of those who watched the news play out on national television. Those images haunted then-14-year-old Whitney Buesgens as well.
By julie buntjer Daily Globe WORTHINGTON -- Worthington High School sophomore Brittany Berger will represent the community in Crailsheim, Germany, during the coming year in the Worthington-Crailsheim exchange program. Berger's selection as the new ambassador to Crailsheim was announced Sunday during Worthington-Crailsheim International's (WCII) annual banquet at Worthington Country Club. Beth Habicht, WCII committee member said this year's selection was extremely difficult. "We had three outstanding applicants this year," she said. "The plus side is we knew we couldn't make a mistake.
WORTHINGTON -- The link between science and agriculture is strong -- and growing stronger by the day. Dr. Gale Buchanan, under secretary for research, education and economics with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said that as more attention is placed on reducing America's dependence on foreign oil and energy, more demand will be placed on the agricultural industry to help make it happen. Buchanan, presenting the keynote address at Friday's luncheon of the third annual Regional Bioscience Conference in Worthington, said there's a new paradigm developing in agriculture today.