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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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 -- 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.
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.
WORTHINGTON -- There is a movement in science classes today to take the textbooks away from students in exchange for real lab experience. That movement has begun in Worthington and in school districts across the country as educators realize the need for more up-to-date information to teach their students about science, particularly about biotechnology. Gail O'Kane, education-industry partnership manager for biosciences and nanosciences in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) System, moderated a session Friday morning during the Regional Bioscience Conference on the link betw
WORTHINGTON -- A request by Worthington businessman Larry Potter to construct a road course on land behind the Blue Line Travel Center drew mixed reactions during a hearing of the Nobles County Planning Commission Wednesday night. The issue was ultimately tabled at the request of the City of Worthington, after the city's manager of planning and economic development Brad Chapulis presented a letter to the commission. Before Potter can construct a road course, he wants to have his land rezoned from industrial to highway business.
WORTHINGTON -- Medical advancements and altered approaches in the arena of mental health are continuing to spark change in the field. Gone are the days when the mentally ill were carted off to the regional asylum -- a building that more closely resembled a prison than a treatment center. And gone are the days when patients were considered unproductive members of society, kept in dormitory-style housing to whittle the days away.
WORTHINGTON -- World-renowned agricultural economist Bill Tierney captivated a crowd of crop producers Tuesday afternoon in Worthington as he offered his projections on corn and soybean production numbers and prices for 2007 and beyond. Tierney, a retired USDA grains economist, now serves as executive vice president of John Stewart & Associates in Washington, D.C. His presentation focused primarily on U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington City Council tabled a request Monday night for financial assistance from New Vision Cooperative to help in the demolition of its vacant grain elevator at 706 10th Ave. The matter will be discussed further in a 7 a.m.
WORTHINGTON -- With more than 100 miles of transmission lines being erected between Lakefield and Sioux Falls, S.D., construction crews for Xcel Energy are hoping to complete the one-and-a-half year project on time. The job means working through the winter snow, summer heat and, right now, the spring thaw -- and that is what is creating concern among some farmers who have signed over easements to Xcel. The concern is that crews are bringing in heavy equipment and driving through farm fields before the ground has had a chance to completely thaw.
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County Chapter of Pheasants Forever earlier this month reached $1.4 million in investments in pheasant habitat in the county. The milestone was reached following the purchase of a 160-acre parcel adjacent to the Fenmot Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Wilmont Township, just a mile south of the Murray County line. Scott Rall, PF Chapter president, said the newly-named Hansen Addition to Fenmot WMA will include a substantial wetland restoration project. It is the 18th acquisition by the local chapter since it was organized 24 years ago.