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 discovery of a salvage yard operating north of Worthington brought Jorge Cardenas before the Nobles County Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night. Cardenas failed to apply for a conditional use permit to operate the salvage yard, which has amassed nearly 70 junked vehicles and about as many un-rimmed tires on a 7.2-acre farm site at 24400 Read Ave.
WORTHINGTON -- Two months into his role as 1st District Congressman, Tim Walz made the rounds through southwest Minnesota Wednesday, hosting listening sessions on the role of the next federal Farm Bill. He met with nearly 50 farmers and agricultural professionals at Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington in the morning, stopped in Luverne over the noon hour and ended the day with a visit to Minnesota West's Pipestone campus, where he was joined by first-term U.S. Sen.
WORTHINGTON -- Three weeks into her position as director of KidsPeace Prairie Academy in Worthington, Nancy Earhart Burt is still learning the corrections lingo. With a master's degree in counseling and experience as a teacher and counselor in school districts in the Midwest, Burt brings a wealth of experience to the job. Most recently, she led a GED prep program at an alternative high school in Sioux Falls, S.D., and before that, operated a sexual assault center in northern Minnesota. A native of Pipestone, Burt returned to the region six and a half years ago.
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington's Hy-Vee and Wal-Mart are among a large group of grocery stores across the country offering refunds to customers who have purchased Peter Pan or Great Value peanut butter brands involved in a recall because of salmonella. Both stores were directed to remove jars of peanut butter from their shelves after an outbreak of Salmonella Tennessee was traced to peanut butter manufactured by a Con-Agra Foods facility in Georgia.
WORTHINGTON -- Jill Lebert and Kelli Reiter, co-chairs of the Nobles County Relay for Life, have set a couple of attainable goals this year -- they want to see at least 20 teams walking the luminaried track June 22-23 at the Nobles County Fairgrounds, and they want those teams to raise at least $75,000 for the American Cancer Society. The $75,000 goal has been the same in each of the last two years Reiter and Lebert have co-chaired the event. Last year, they not only missed their fund-raising goal by about $4,000, but they had only 10 teams participate in the county's Relay.
WORTHINGTON -- While state legislators debate whether people should be allowed to smoke tobacco in public spaces such as bars and restaurants, local tobacco prevention groups continue their campaign to snuff out secondhand smoke. On Tuesday, the Hardwick City Council became the fourth community within Nobles-Rock Community Health Services territory to adopt a smoke-free policy for public parks. Members of the Rock County Partners In Prevention, a student-based organization that promotes healthy lifestyles, took the request to council members.
WORTHINGTON -- With four confirmed deaths in Minnesota from influenza in the past three weeks and a fifth death believed to have been caused by the illness, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is urging people to get the flu vaccine. Four of the five deaths have been in children, including three 8-year-olds and a 17-month-old. Cindy Frederickson, a public health nurse with Nobles-Rock Community Health Services, said Wednesday that 90 doses of the flu vaccine are available between the two counties.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Financial constraints forced members of the Osceola County Public Safety Commission to set the preliminary 2007-2008 law enforcement budget a full $40,000 less than what Sheriff Doug Weber believes is needed to operate his department. In a unanimous vote Wednesday night, the commission set budget expenditures at $878,500, with revenues anticipated to be $868,500 for the new budget cycle that begins in June. Commissioner Darwin Beltman said the $10,000 difference could come from projected additional revenue.
ADRIAN -- Nearly a year after construction began on a new city hall in Adrian, employees will begin moving into their new offices this afternoon. As a result, City Hall will close at noon today and reopen in its new building at noon on Thursday. The move completes what had been a two-phase project for the community, necessitated by a lack of space in the city's emergency services department.
JACKSON -- Alexi Schafer giggled as she twirled the handle on the foosball table and the ball went racing for the end pocket Sunday afternoon at the National Guard Armory in Jackson. Schafer was one of nearly a dozen children enjoying games and crafts with 4-H Ambassadors and leaders as the Jackson-Fairmont National Guard Unit's Family Readiness Group (FRG) took part in its monthly meeting just a couple of doors away. Since December 2005, 4-H'ers from Jackson and Martin counties have provided child care services for the FRG as part of Operation Military Kids.