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 -- Less than two years after the seed was planted to convert the former Luverne Community Hospital into a teaching facility, Minnesota West celebrated with an open house of its educational classrooms and training centers Tuesday in Luverne. Orientation is Friday for the 14 students enrolled in the two-year radiologic technology program, and the 19 students in the one-year surgical technology program. Classes for both programs will begin on Monday. "We filled radiologic technology really quickly," said Gary Gillin, Minnesota West's Dean of Communication and Enrollment.
ROUND LAKE -- Edgar Schultz was just 12 years old when he left the only home he ever knew and ventured into the working world as a hired farm hand for neighbors in Rost Township and points beyond in Jackson County. Still a mere boy, he was a self-taught tractor operator. At the time, tractors were beginning to take the place of horse power on the rural Minnesota landscape. "I was a professional Farmall driver," he said with a grin. "I worked out for room and board.
LUVERNE -- A soldier with the 1-125th Field Artillery of the Luverne-Pipestone National Guard has been injured in Iraq. Specialist Andrew Hanson, the 21-year-old son of Jack and Felicia Hanson of Luverne, was patrolling and providing security in an unidentified area of Iraq at about 11:30 p.m. Monday (Iraq time) when the Humvee he was driving hit an improvised explosive device (IED). "As of this time, he is in Germany -- he arrived there this morning," his mother said on Wednesday. "His right leg is amputated below the knee, and his left leg is amputated at the knee.
LUVERNE -- Luverne realtor Gene Cragoe is the new owner of the former Luverne City Hall, located at 203 E. Main Street. Cragoe was the lone bidder on the property, which was offered for sale on sealed bids after city offices moved into the former Luverne Hospital. Cragoe's bid of $35,700 was officially accepted during Tuesday evening's Luverne City Council meeting.
WORTHINGTON -- Finding a rural address in Nobles County, while made considerably easier with the 911 address system and street signage installed several years ago, remains a concern for emergency vehicles tasked with providing quick response in the case of fire or medical emergency. That was the message Dan Anderson, Nobles County emergency management director, and Stephen Heimgartner, chair of the Nobles County Mutual Aid Association, delivered to county commissioners on Tuesday.
WORTHINGTON -- A bevy of beautiful butterflies will be released into the air during the 2007 Nobles County Relay for Life, set to kick off one month from today at the fairgrounds in Worthington. The butterfly release is an addition to this year's Relay, providing one more symbol of hope for the hundreds of cancer survivors and Relay team members expected to be in attendance. The public is invited and encouraged to attend all, or part of, the Relay for Life. The Relay will begin at 5 p.m. June 22 and continue until 5 a.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Long-time Worthington resident and recently retired life insurance provider Robert Petrich was honored with the G. Bennet Serrill Award of Excellence during the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) Minnesota annual convention April 20 at Mystic Lake. The G.
Editor's Note: This is the third installment of a three-part series looking at the impact the Freedom to Breathe Act will have on Minnesotans. WORTHINGTON -- When Hennepin and Ramsey counties, along with the cities of Bloomington, Minneapolis and Golden Valley enacted smoke-free ordinances in bars, restaurants and office buildings in the spring of 2005, Minnesota's stop-smoking service, Quitplan at Work, experienced three times more inquiries than usual. Now, with smoke-free legislation going statewide on Oct.
ADRIAN -- The Adrian Fire Department, with mutual aid from Ellsworth, responded to a dairy barn fire at the Delores Ashby residence, 27993 Ahlers Ave., Thursday afternoon. Additional water tankers were requested from both Magnolia and Lismore fire departments. Ashby said she had just returned home when she noticed smoke. After she went into the house, she noticed fire shooting out one of the barn's windows.
WORTHINGTON -- Legislation that will ban smoking in Minnesota public places including bars, restaurants, service clubs and bowling alleys as of Oct. 1 continues to draw public debate. Locally, reaction among businesses spans the spectrum. Some are glad the legislation was enacted, while others fear it will be a detriment to their business. In somewhat of a unique situation, Worthington's Country Kitchen owner Bill Weber made his restaurant smoke-free more than a year ago, on April 1, 2006.