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.
- Member for
- 3 years 10 months
WORTHINGTON -- Less than five months after a community ad hoc group was formed to address teen pregnancy in Worthington, the No Sex, Safe Sex Coalition has identified its mission and is preparing to seek funding for its cause. Spearheaded by Nobles-Rock Community Health Services, the coalition of 23 members includes representatives of Worthington School District 518, both the Avera and Sanford clinics, agencies that work with pregnant teens, law enforcement and community members. The mission of the No Sex, Safe Sex Coalition is to reduce the number of teen pregnancies by encouraging abstinen
WORTHINGTON -- In the last few months, Jon Bloemendaal has seen the bottom fall out of the recycling market in Murray County -- and it's a problem witnessed at recycling centers all across the country as the nation continues to experience economic woes. Bloemendaal, who manages Murray County's recycling program, said he's seen cardboard prices drop from $120 per ton in April to about $25 per ton today.
WORTHINGTON -- It is a rarity these days for someone to work in the same profession for more than 20 years, but Worthington resident Loren Goettsch has defied the odds. For the past 65 years, he has labored in road construction -- mostly driving a motor grader to smooth out township gravel roads and to prepare aggregate for blacktop or concrete surfaces. "Some of the streets (in Worthington), it's been the third time I've worked on them," he said. At age 82, Goettsch officially parked the motor grader this fall.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Courtney Scott isn't easily surprised. This, her boyfriend knows. But on a clear November day, it was Andrew Krogman who successfully pulled the wool over his girl's eyes and, in the end, she had an engagement ring on her finger. To this day, she doesn't remember if she put it there or if he did -- it's all kind of a blur. What they will remember for a lifetime, however, is the proposal. "I wanted to do something really special -- it took some thinking," said Krogman.
ELLSWORTH -- Firefighters from Ellsworth and Adrian combined efforts Wednesday night to battle a barn blaze on the Steve Hinrichs farm near Ellsworth. Nine horses and a dog were lost in the fire, including horses owned by other individuals, said Hinrichs on Thursday. The Ellsworth Fire Department was paged at 6:40 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Safety and mobility are two of the top reasons the Minnesota Department of Transportation likes roundabouts, and that is why they are now proposing another one to be constructed in Worthington's city limits during the three-phase expansion of U.S. 59/Minnesota 60. During an open house in Worthington on Tuesday, MnDOT maps spanning several tables depicted in full color the proposed four-lane highway from the Bigelow bypass to Interstate 90 in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday authorized bid specifications for the proposed third-floor renovation of the Nobles County Government Center. Steve Robinson of SEH (Short Elliott Hendrickson) presented an estimate of $232,000 Tuesday for demolition and renovation of the third floor, which will result in swapping space between the Nobles-Rock Community Health Services and Nobles County Administration offices. Moving the administration offices adjacent to the commissioners' board room will allow for an additional exit to be created.
WORTHINGTON -- A fresh coating of snow arrived just in time for the annual Old-Fashioned Christmas at Pioneer Village, planned from 5 to 9 p.m. today and Friday in Worthington. Located off of Stower Drive near the Nobles County Fairgrounds, the Pioneer Village Christmas celebration includes live entertainment, sleigh rides, visits with Santa Claus, a bake and craft sale, holiday gift-giving items and food and beverages. "The snow will make it a true pioneer Christmas," said Nobles County Historical Society board member LeAnne Meyer of Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- Loren and Judy Stevens, owners of Stevens Llama-Tique south of Worthington, took issue with Minnesota Department of Transportation officials over the proposed relocation of their driveway during an open house Tuesday afternoon in Worthington. Armed with maps dating back to November 2007 showing their driveway access wouldn't change, the Stevenses are not pleased with the latest MnDOT drawings that show their driveway will be routed directly through their llama pasture to the south of their home. The relocation allows for a crossover intersection aligned with U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- With time running out for The Achievement Center (TAC) in Worthington, Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday decided to pursue a possible takeover of the program. TAC's contract with MRCI expires on Feb. 28, 2009, and despite the Nobles County Developmental Achievement Center's proposal to manage the program, its application has not been accepted by the Minnesota Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS), according to Nobles County Administrator Mel Ruppert. "The facility will be closed Feb. 28 if a solution is not found," Ruppert told commissioners.