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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WINDOM -- It wasn't her largest performance venue, but that didn't make Jan Donahue -- also known as The Military Comic -- any less nervous Thursday night when she entertained a gathering of women being honored at the Governor's Mansion in St. Paul. Donahue, of Windom, was invited by First Lady Mary Pawlenty for the event that celebrated the "accomplishments of Minnesota's women." Nearly 40 women were invited guests, including Jody Kramer of Ellsworth. "It was a lot of fun," said Donahue of the evening. "The First Lady was so gracious.
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington's Central School building survived the summer without the appearance of a wrecking ball, but its fate into a pile of rubble will take place yet this year, perhaps by the end of this month. Scott Johnson, executive director of the Southwestern Mental Health Center (SMHC), said the agency officially took ownership of the property Tuesday or Wednesday.
WORTHINGTON -- The Minnesota West Foundation is hoping to reach a seemingly untapped resource of donors with its newly established Grain Exchange program. The program allows farmers to haul grain to their local elevator and earmark bushels to the foundation.
WORTHINGTON -- The concept isn't new, but the technology is new and improved, and that is what Jay Larson hopes to market with his new business, ARIA Enterprises, LLC. ARIA serves as a distributor for Rhino Block, an insulating concrete form used in construction of everything from commercial buildings to residential homes. Larson became a distributor after deciding to use the technology in the construction of a home for his own family, which includes wife, Dana, and daughter, Aria. While his home is now under construction, Larson has already sold product for an addition to a loc
WORTHINGTON -- While Minnesota has yet to report its first official influenza case of the season, Nobles-Rock Community Health Services (NRCHS) has received nearly all of its requested doses of flu vaccine and anticipates vaccination clinics will open soon throughout the two-county area. Cindy Frederickson, public health nurse, told members of the NRCHS board on Wednesday the agency has received 700 of the 900 doses ordered.
WORTHINGTON -- During the annual Community Health Conference Sept. 26 at Cragun's Resort north of Brainerd, Worthington's Karen Pfeifer was presented the Award for Outstanding Dedication to Local Public Health. She is the 10th individual and the first consumer (non-elected position) chosen for the state award.
WORTHINGTON -- A stately white barn on the Don and Verla Larson farm southwest of Sibley has withstood wind, rain and hail through three generations of the Larson family, and with a new coat of white paint, it is hoped to continue on as a testament to farm life for future generations. In recent years, however, Verla Larson had a feeling there was something missing from the 1928 structure. It needed a touch of color.
ST. PAUL -- Hundreds of thousands of people saw her head carved in a 90-pound block of butter at the Minnesota State Fair in 2003, and after the MN150 project opens at the Minnesota History Center in St.
WORTHINGTON -- Four months after a fall left Daryl Hilfers with a broken neck and injuries so severe doctors thought he would never walk again, the Worthington man is getting around with the aid of a cane and a brace that stretches from his waist to the base of his head. A benefit will be hosted for Hilfers and his family from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Worthington, with matching funds offered by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
HERON LAKE -- More than three years have passed since plans were announced to build the state's first coal-fired ethanol plant at Heron Lake, and while a few kinks continue to be worked out, the plant is now in business. "It's just a pleasure to be operational," said Robert Ferguson, president of Heron Lake BioEnergy (HLBE) on Wednesday. Nearly three years and three months after an equity drive kicked off plans to construct the 50-million gallon ethanol plant on the outskirts of Heron Lake, Ferguson said, "It's quite a window.