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 -- Vendors from a four-state area were setting up their wares Friday afternoon in preparation for the second annual Gun Show Saturday and Sunday at the Worthington Arena, located on the Nobles County Fairgrounds, 1600 Stower Drive. More than 85 tables have been rented for this year's show, which is about 30 tables more than the inaugural show a year ago. With the added merchandise, and snow preventing people from doing any kind of yard work, organizer Randy Thompson is hoping for good crowds over the two-day event. The gun show opens at 8:30 a.m.
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles-Rock Community Health Services board on Wednesday approved a new logo for the agency to better reflect its image as a public health provider. The three-pointed shield and stylized plus sign symbolize health, protection and growth. NRCHS administrator Brad Meyer said the symbol, which has been adopted by public health agencies across the country, is hoped to be as identifiable to community residents as the patches worn by law enforcement and ambulance personnel. "The health department helps everyone in our community every day," Meyer said.
LUVERNE -- The Luverne City Council on Tuesday voted to put the former City Hall building up for sale, opting to take sealed bids on the property and conduct a modified auction once those bids have been opened. City Finance Director Barb Berghorst said that while there isn't a minimum bid requested on the two-story, 37- by 100-foot building, the city recently had the building appraised at $111,000. In addition to seeking sealed bids on the property, located at 203 E. Main St., Berghorst said bidders will be asked to submit a proposal detailing their planned use for the building.
READING -- The Reading Community Players are prepared to entertain audiences once again, but it won't be the Sludges and the Hoopers whooping it up on stage. After three successful years performing Eddie McPherson's comic series "Virgil's Wedding," "Virgil's Family Reunion" and "Virgil and the City Slickers," the players are geared up to present Donald Payton's three-act comedy, "Deadly Ernest," over the next two weekends. Doors open for the dinner theater at 5:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and again on April 20-21. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- The Early Risers Kiwanis group in Worthington is hoping to make the community's park system more user-friendly, and it wants volunteers to help in the effort. On Saturday, the organization's members will mark the first Kiwanis One Day by picking up sticks, refuse and cigarette butts from Worthington's 26 parks.
WORTHINGTON -- Long-time Worthington businessman Karl Schafer died Sunday at Sunset Hospice Cottage, Worthington. He was 86. Karl and his wife, Irma, own Schafer's Organic Health Food Center in downtown Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- The price for a first-class stamp will increase to 41 cents in just more than five weeks, but that isn't the only change the postal industry is instituting. Beginning May 14, new designations will be made between letters, flats and parcels. Howard Kor, postmaster of Worthington's Post Office, said anything weighing less than 3.5 ounces in letter form is considered a letter. "Flats are anything over 3.5 ounces, and they must be able to bend some," Kor said.
WORTHINGTON -- In his visit to Slayton earlier this week to discuss the writing of the 2007 Federal Farm Bill, U.S. Rep. Tim Walz presented a colorful pie chart depicting the Farm Bill's budget and the dispersal of federal dollars by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Contrary to what many may think, the majority of those funds aren't dolled out in commodity payments or conservation assistance to farmers.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday cited concerns with the quality of paint used to complete striping on county-owned roads. The concerns were presented after public works director Stephen Schnieder asked the board to approve the advertisement of bids for paving marking services. "You look at the three-way stop by the old Butcher station, and that paint just doesn't last," said Commissioner chairman Norm Gallagher.
LUVERNE -- Rock County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a five-year tax abatement, as well as a $10,000 deferred loan from the Small Cities Development Program, to assist Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership (SWMHP) in its proposed acquisition of Rock Manor in Luverne. Located at 441 Hatting St., Rock Manor consists of four townhomes and a total of 24, two- and three-bedroom units.