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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LUVERNE -- Whether they were students of art, teachers of art or art entrepreneurs, the nearly 40 exhibitors at the first Art Rocks fine arts festival in Luverne on Saturday enjoyed sharing their works with the public. The show and sale featured a wide range of mediums, from pottery and paintings to jewelry and photography. While artists came from as far away as Nebraska, many hailed from Rock County and nearby Sioux Falls, S.D. Sandra Dowie, organizer of the event, had two booths filled with an array of hand-crafted pottery and paintings.
ROUND LAKE -- Far from the gently rolling hills of Napa Valley, Calif., and the aged, yet fruitful vineyards throughout Italy, grape vines are cropping up amid the corn and soybean fields of southwest Minnesota. The state is home to more than 20 commercial wineries, and while three vineyards have recently been established within a 25-mile radius of Worthington, each of the entreprenuers is a year or two away from bottling wine. Chad and Lori Wiener of rural Fulda planted 75 grape vines on their farm in 2006, and added another 500 vines this spring on about an acre of land along Jack Creek.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A 1965 graduate of Worthington High School, Vietnam veteran and Washington, D.C., restaurateur Hal Koster received national recognition in mid-August as the VFW's 2007 Citizenship Award recipient. The award was presented during the VFW's annual convention in Kansas City, Mo. While "very honored" to be recognized, Koster is quick to say he doesn't feel worthy to receive such prestigious recognition.
WORTHINGTON -- Rustle up your Wranglers, pull out the plaid shirt and dust off your cowboy hat ... it's time for some Xtreme bull riding in Worthington. The Nobles County Fairgrounds will serve as host to the Minnesota Xtreme Bull Riding Tour finals this Saturday and Sunday. Twenty top bull riders from across Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin will compete for $7,000 in cash and prizes in the event, which culminates a season-long 12 competitions across the state. "You have to qualify in order to come to the finals," said Tom Meyeraan of Fulda, promoter of the event.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County commissioners rescinded a decision made during their Sept. 4 meeting and voted unanimously Tuesday to cover expenses incurred by rural Worthington farmer Jerry Breuker for a damaged tile line on property Breuker farms along Nobles County 35. The tile originally ran parallel to Nobles County 35, but when the road was reconstructed in 2005, they opted to move the line onto private property.
LUVERNE -- Luverne seems to be a burg for burgeoning artists, but resident painter and potter Sandra Dowie knows there is plenty of room for more. Dowie hopes to get that point across this Saturday, during the first Art Rocks juried art show and sale in downtown Luverne. She serves as chairwoman and chief organizer for the event. "We would like to attract more artists to the area -- we already have more than a dozen artists here (in Luverne)," Dowie said on Monday.
ROUND LAKE -- For years Farley's & Sathers Candy Company Inc. was known as the cookie, candy and nut folks, and then it cornered the market with its confectionary sweets and gummi treats. Now, Farley's & Sathers, headquartered in Round Lake, is venturing into chocolate. The company announced Monday its plans to acquire Brach's from Barry Callebaut AG.
WORTHINGTON -- The electronic sign at the top of the First National Bank of Brewster-Worthington teetered between 52 degrees and 54 degrees Saturday afternoon, and the sunshine couldn't compete with the chilly breeze as people came out in droves to watch the grand- daddy of Worthington celebrations, King Turkey Day. On the heels of listening to featured speaker Babe Winkelman reminisce about family life and the great outdoors in Minnesota, and after watching Paycheck collect his due in a seemingly non-competitive race to the finish line, parade participants were ready to get the show on the r
WORTHINGTON -- One grew up on a hog farm south of Worthington, and the other is a self-proclaimed beef man from Lake Park, Iowa. Neither imagined they would grow up to work at a pork processing facility in this community, yet both made it all the way to the top at Swift & Co. -- Gerry Wachter, the now retired plant manager and Bob Krebs, who took the management helm Jan. 1. Wachter officially hung up his hard hat a week ago, after more than eight months on special assignment for the Greeley, Colo.-based corporate office.
WORTHINGTON -- Five Navy buddies who served together on the USS Rochester during the Korean War were in Worthington Thursday afternoon for a tour of Pioneer Village. The men and their wives arrived in southwest Minnesota Wednesday and were headed to the Twin Cities Thursday night.