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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BREWSTER -- Multiple fire departments were on the scene of a blaze at the Minnesota Soybean Processors plant in Brewster Saturday night into the early morning hours on Sunday. The fire call was reported shortly before 10 p.m.
The evacuation of Brewster was lifted at 12:55 a.m. Sunday, and residents are now free to return to their homes in the community. Residents were evacuated shortly after 10 p.m., when a fire at Minnesota Soybean Processors in Brewster warranted extra precautions. More details will be posted.
WORTHINGTON -- She was 8 years old when she fled Burma with her mother and brother after her father was beaten, tortured and killed by the military junta. He left his homeland behind as a teenager in search of a better life. They met in the Mae La refugee camp in Thailand -- she a resident and he a volunteer who came to the aid of his people as often as he could.
WORTHINGTON -- With just 18 staff members between its offices in Worthington and Luverne, Nobles-Rock Community Health Services knows that if there is ever a need for a massive response to a public health emergency, it will need the aid of volunteers. Working proactively with the Minnesota Department of Health , the Southwest Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross, Emergency Management and Minnesota Responds , the agency recently hosted the first volunteer tra
SIBLEY, Iowa -- In an unanticipated change of direction, the Sibley-Ocheyedan School Board Wednesday night rescinded a motion from its mid-April meeting to cut two weeks from the extended summer contract for high school agriculture teacher and FFA advisor Mike Earll. The action was taken during a public hearing requested by Earll, who was blindsided by the vote taken during the April meeting. That meeting was conducted primarily to discuss the closing of the Ocheyedan school, and Earll was there as an interested community resident.
WORTHINGTON -- One year ago, the Daily Globe published a series of stories on teen pregnancy in the Worthington School District. At the time, there were an estimated 20 teens between the district's middle school and high school who were pregnant. Today, there are nine girls in the district who are known to be expecting a child, and several more -- who may have been included in last spring's count -- who have given birth. Rhonda Brandt, coordinator at District 518's Alternative Learning Center, said four girls at the ALC are pregnant, while nine have had babies during the year.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday authorized the sale of $8.5 million in temporary, three-year water system construction bonds for the first phase of the Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water (LPRW) expansion project in Nobles and Jackson counties. Wells Fargo Brokerage Securities, LLC., of Minneapolis was the winning bidder for the bond purchase. LPRW CEO Dennis Healy said bid opening for the main pipeline and the water tower is slated for June 2. "Based on other bids we've heard about, we're anticipat
BINGHAM LAKE -- In a little more than three months, Chelsey Fast of rural Bingham Lake will get to sit inside a rotating booth at the Minnesota State Fair while her likeness is carved into a large block of butter. Fast was among 90 young Minnesota women to take part in a dairy promotion training in St. Joseph over the weekend. As part of the event, 66 of them competed to become one of 12 Princess Kay of the Milky Way finalists.
WORTHINGTON -- On Sunday afternoon, Becky Clausen of Dundee was installed as the first female president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3282 at the Eagles Club in Worthington. With the installation, she becomes just the second woman in the state to attain the highest rank of leadership at the local level. Up until three years ago, Aerie membership was open to men only, while women were eligible to join the Eagles Auxiliary. In Worthington, about 150 women are members of the Eagles Auxiliary, compared to the nearly 200 members in the Aerie.
WORTHINGTON -- With the aid of a translator, Sudan native Abella Omot said her journey to America in 1996 was due largely to her husband. He had sponsored her to come to America, where he had been working to earn the money to get her and their son out of a Kenyan refugee camp. The family had been living at the refugee camp after fleeing their homeland.