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 -- Nobles County commissioners chopped approximately $900,000 worth of departmental budget requests during a work session Tuesday morning as they continue to work toward setting the 2008 not-to-exceed levy. While the $900,000 may seem significant, the levy requests made from individual departments within the county totaled more than $10.3 million, up from an approximate $8.5 million adopted levy in 2007. The majority of Tuesday's cuts were made in the law enforcement budget after Sheriff Kent Wilkening requested two new deputy positions be added to his 11-man department at a cost
WORTHINGTON -- Keeping useable items out of the landfill and putting them in the hands of people who want them sounds like a great idea. Providing the means to do both at no cost sounds even better. For nearly a year, a Web site specifically for the people of Nobles County and the surrounding area has helped match people who want to get rid of items with those who are in search of free stuff.
WORTHINGTON -- After two and a half years of serving meals to seniors at Worthington's American Legion, the Worthington Senior Dining program is on the move. Beginning Sept. 4, the senior nutrition program will be housed in the American Reformed Church, 1720 N. Burlington Ave.
WORTHINGTON -- As chairman of the Nobles County Board of Commissioners, Norm Gallagher cast the deciding vote on Tuesday to delay the final completion of the Nobles County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 35 reconstruction project between Rushmore and Adrian until next spring. The contract change will cost the county nearly $49,000 -- added onto the $5,403,041.25 contract it has with Duinink Bros., Inc., of Prinsburg. The original contract called for completion of the project by Sept. 30.
RUSHMORE -- Shirley Lupkes held her hand out and made a fist Tuesday afternoon demonstrating just how large some of the hail stones were that pummeled the family's farm in Section 16 of Ransom Township Monday night. In a narrow band estimated by neighbors to be about a half-mile wide and roughly 8 miles in length, hail and high winds stripped crops, flattened corn fields, toppled trees, shattered windows and destroyed a century-old barn. On Tuesday afternoon, residents in Ransom Township were picking up the pieces. Lupkes and her husband, Richard, were clearing downed trees and branches lef
WORTHINGTON -- Much of southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa remained in a flash flood watch Monday as the region endured anywhere from an inch to 8.5 inches of rainfall between early Saturday morning and Monday afternoon. With the soil already saturated and rain showers and thunderstorms in the forecast at least through Thursday, the National Weather Service is encouraging people to be mindful of surface flooding. Jim Laffrenzen, Worthington's director of Public Works, said Monday his crews spent minimal time dealing with street flooding over the weekend. "We really didn't have any issues
WINDOM -- They came from as far away as Baudette, Pleasantville, Iowa, and DeSmet, S.D., hauling with them some of their most prized possessions -- their donkeys and mules. For the second year in a row, Windom has played host to the Minnesota State Donkey and Mule Show, with 33 exhibitors and a total of 42 mules and donkeys taking part in an all-day show that began at 8:30 a.m.
LUVERNE -- In conjunction with the world premiere of the Ken Burns film documentary of "The War" at the Palace Theatre in Luverne on Sept. 6, a book of works featuring the man who supplied much of the historical reference for the Midwest segment will be released. Selections of columns written between 1941 to 1945 by Al McIntosh, then-editor of the Rock County Star Herald in Luverne, have been compiled in a 272-page book, "Selected Chaff: The Wartime Columns of Al McIntosh," published by Zenith Press. The book will be available Sept.
While the complex issues in agriculture today couldn't possibly be solved in a day, they never-the-less generated good discussion among attendees at an Agroecology Summit Friday on the fifth-generation Willow Lake Farm near Windom. Tony Thompson, the farm's owner and host of the summit, told the more than 50 people who gathered under shade trees for a series of morning panelists that "it is a good time to be thinking about what we are doing" in regard to land use. Invited speakers ranged from an ethanol plant manager to representatives from the Nature Conservancy, Department of Natural Resou
OCHEYEDAN, Iowa -- The power of machines and people seem to be the theme of Ocheyedan's Days of Olde celebration that kicks off today and continues through Sunday. There's a tractor pull, a truck pull, an antique tractor pull and a kids' pedal pull, all over the course of three days, intermingled with plenty of other activities for the entire family. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. today, with a community barbecue in the city park. Serving will go until 7 p.m. with a menu of barbecued pork sandwiches, hot dogs, baked beans, chips, ice cream and a drink.