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 Worthington Area YMCA received a tremendous boost Wednesday in its fundraising project for a new facility when representatives from Round Lake-based Farley's & Sathers presented the organization with a $100,000 check. "Farley's & Sathers Candy Company recognizes the positive impact the YMCA has on children, families and communities," said Theresa Neuberger, Farley's director of human resources, after presenting the check to Andy Johnson, YMCA executive director. Steve Luitjens, Farley's & Sathers senior vice president of sales and marketing, and the YMCA's board of directo
SIBLEY, Iowa -- From the time she was a freshman FFA member experiencing her first trip to the Iowa State FFA Leadership Conference, Ocheyedan's Cortney Schmidt knew she wanted to someday be front and center on the stage as a state FFA officer. A senior at Sibley-Ocheyedan High School, Schmidt's dreams were realized last week when she was the only individual balloted, making her a shoo-in, for the office of Iowa FFA vice president from the Northwest District. "They (the officer nominating committee that slates the ballot) do that if they feel really strongly about a candidate," said Schmidt,
ROUND LAKE -- The residents of Round Lake are about to prove that working together can accomplish great things. Last Saturday, a large group of volunteers gathered at the former State Bank of Round Lake to pull paneling off the wall, rip out the last of the equipment remaining from the one-time liquor store, and dismantle shelves hanging along one wall. They, and any other volunteers willing to help, will be at it again this Saturday from 9 a.m.
ELLSWORTH -- Eight high school students were involved in a two-car crash on the northwest side of Ellsworth shortly after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, killing two people and injuring six. An Ellsworth High School senior -- and driver of one of the vehicles -- was arrested at the scene for driving while under the influence of alcohol. The good news -- the eight students were all Partners In Prevention (PIP) members, and they were pretending to be in a crash to show their classmates the dangers of drinking and driving.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening went before Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday to discuss the possible development of a reserve posse for the sheriff's department. Wilkening said a couple of deputies in his department are interested in starting the program. "These are civilian personnel," said Wilkening, adding that volunteers would be trained in gun safety but would not have any arrest authority. Reserve officers could be trained to assist in traffic flow, help with search and rescue operations, be present at special events in Nobles County communities and help at t
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Veterans Service Officer Mark Joldersma said he'd like to see southwest Minnesota well represented during the World War II Memorial dedication June 9 in St.
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.
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.
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.
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.