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 -- The price paid for bare farmland in Nobles County increased by an average of $400 per acre in 2006 and, based on recorded sales since last October, the market shows no sign of dropping off. Nobles County Assessor Byron Swart said of the 29 bare farmland sales (parcels of 35 acres or more) recorded in the one-year period from Oct. 1, 2005 through Sept. 30, 2006, buyers paid an average of $2,900 per acre.
WORTHINGTON -- Whether you say Neighbor to Neighbor or Vecino a Vecino, the goal of a new program in Worthington is to get people to talk to -- and learn from -- one another. Local resident Chad Neuberger developed the idea for the program as a concerned parent. He also happens to be the new president of the Prairie Elementary Parents Group. "I really wish my kids could speak a foreign language," Neuberger said.
WORTHINGTON -- The third floor of the Nobles County Government Center will undergo some modifications in the coming weeks to create much-needed space for Nobles-Rock Community Health Service's WIC (Women, Infants and Children) clinic. During the NRCHS board meeting Wednesday, director Brad Meyer reported that construction work will begin next week to relocate the WIC clinic across the hall from its present location and into two separate office spaces.
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County Board of Equalization granted two requests for reduction in market valuation during its meeting on Tuesday. A third request for reduction in valuation was denied. Individuals appearing before the equalization board must first attend their township or city equalization meeting.
LUVERNE -- A little more than a month ago, Scott Schneekloth of Luverne was looking forward to expanding his business by adding employees and constructing a new Midwest Fire Equipment building on the west side of town. Today, he's wondering if all of the Job Opportunity Building Zones (JOBZ) hoops he has to jump through will be worth it. Schneekloth, owner and president of Midwest Fire Equipment, planned to construct a $2.4 million, 33,700-square-foot facility in Luverne, allowing him to double his production capacity -- the company manufactures fire trucks -- and add 10 new employees within
ELLSWORTH -- Just as the name of its community festival implies, Ellsworth will be home to family fun this weekend, and the festivities begin this evening with the crowning of Little Miss Ellsworth at 7 p.m. Following the crowning will be game-show night featuring The Price is Right. Tickets will be sold at the door to be a contestant in the game show, with numerous prizes to be awarded during the evening.
WINDOM -- There is an old saying that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. In Jan Donahue's case, she took life's setbacks and turned them into fodder for stand-up comedy. Two years ago, Donahue seemed to have everything going for her -- a husband, two sons, a career and a home in Windom.
WORTHINGTON -- Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water CEO Dennis Healy is hopeful more water can be made available in Nobles County as exploratory drilling is being conducted north of Interstate 90 near Adrian. During his report to Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday, Healy said drilling results show they may be able to generate 200 to 300 gallons of water per minute from a series of wells that could be installed in the area. "Right now, it certainly looks like we'll be able to supply more water in an area that has a high need," said Healy, adding that an existing moratorium on new hook-ups into L
WORTHINGTON -- Visiting Worthington for their daughter's high school graduation, Crailsheim, Germany, residents Günter and Andrea Hanselmann are experiencing firsthand the hospitality Katrin has received this past year as the Worthington-Crailsheim exchange student. Yet, their knowledge of the Worthington community and its friendliness extends far beyond the year Katrin spent with local host families. While visiting the John and Kristie Nordell home over the weekend, Andrea Hanselmann shared a family story that dates back to World War II and the birth of a sister city relationship that conti
LUVERNE -- Luverne Mayor Andy Steensma set the pace by plopping a pie of dried buffalo poop into a toilet during the annual buffalo chip toss Saturday afternoon in Luverne.