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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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.
WORTHINGTON -- Americans enjoy the safest, cheapest, most abundant food supply in the world, and members of the Nobles County Farm Bureau Federation hoped to get that message across to consumers Friday afternoon at Hy-Vee in Worthington. In recognition of National Food Check-out Week, Feb. 4-10, Farm Bureau chapters from across the country sponsored events to celebrate the nation's cheap food supply.
READING -- An unoccupied, three-story home in Reading is a total loss after firefighters from three area departments worked through the early morning hours Thursday to battle the blaze. Reading First Responders and the Wilmont Fire Department were paged to the home, located a block east of Bud's Bus Garage, at 12:53 a.m. Thursday, with both the Rushmore and Brewster fire departments paged shortly after 2:30 a.m. for mutual aid.
LUVERNE -- Annabelle Frakes recalls a time when the Palace Theatre along Luverne's Main Street was the place to be. "I was in high school during World War II, and during that time, we'd go to the movies, and there'd be news reels about the war," Frakes said. "... Because we didn't have access to TVs at that time, there were just crowds of people who would come, and they'd have to wait in line for the next showing." The Palace Theatre, constructed in 1915 by Herman Jochims, hosted more than talking picture shows, however.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the reclassification of two Nobles County Sheriff's Office investigators from pay grade 19 to pay grade 20, amounting to a combined $1,400 increase in annual salary, which will take effect March 1. In addition, commissioners granted a request by Sheriff Kent Wilkening to move an existing deputy into an investigator position by May 1 -- a reclassification expected to cost an additional $700 per year. The action came two weeks after commissioners tabled the request and asked Wilkening to discuss the reclassification with the county
WORTHINGTON -- A $400 million gift made to Sioux Valley Hospitals & Health System on Saturday by Sioux Falls, S.D., philanthropist T.
WORTHINGTON -- There is a new face leaning over the dentist's chair at Dr. Bruce Anderson's orthodontic office in Worthington. Dr. Greg Lecy, an orthodontic specialist who has operated a clinic in Marshall since 1984, has purchased Dr. Anderson's practice. He is now taking on new patients and slowly taking over the patient load from Dr.
WORTHINGTON -- With daytime temperatures at or below zero, and wind chills making it feel like 30- to 40-below, common sense tells people to stay inside.
WORTHINGTON -- Two members of Luverne-based Battery A, 1st Battalion of the 125th Field Artillery will travel to Norway in mid-February to take part in a two-week training program. Pfc. Travis Thiner of Worthington and Pvt.
JACKSON -- Directors of human services departments in Jackson and Cottonwood counties are quick to point out the success of their programs, despite being considered among the bottom 15 counties in the state when it comes to administration and cost-effectiveness of their programs. Following evaluation of the state's multi-billion-dollar human services system, the Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) cited high costs, high needs, poor transportation and overly complicated program structures as a hindrance to county human service agencies.