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 -- A single man with a job and a motel room bed to sleep on at night. A woman with her two young children, relying on friends once again to put a roof over her family's head. A large, two-parent refugee family who came on a promise of work but can't find a stable, affordable place to rent. These are all examples of the poorest of the poor -- the homeless in southwest Minnesota. How do you define homelessness? Is it just those who live in cardboard boxes or under bridge decks, getting their food from garbage bins and dumpsters?
WORTHINGTON -- With MRCI's contract with The Achievement Center set to expire Feb.
ADRIAN -- An area pork producer was recently honored for the quality of pork he produces on his family's farm southeast of Adrian. Terry Edgar, who has raised pork for Niman Ranch for the last couple of years, earned seventh place of 575 Niman Ranch producers for the pork produced on his farm.
WORTHINGTON -- While it would have been nice to be able to include all of the area's century farms in this special publication, it just wasn't possible. Therefore, following is a listing of each of those farms we weren't able to write feature stories about. Congratulations to all Century Farm recipients. The Schiefelbein Family (Jon and Bruce and Jane Ramiller) of Jasper in rural Rock County. The farm was settled in 1899. The Frances and Reuben Batalden family of Lamberton in rural Cottonwood County.
ADRIAN -- America.
HARRIS, Iowa -- A few miles south and east of Harris is a family farm that, by all accounts, has withstood the test of time. It remains while so many other small farms in the neighborhood have long such vanished. It remains despite a ravaging tornado that threatened its existence in the late 1960s. It remains in the family because the family didn't want to give up. "My strong mother" was the response Charlene (Wilmarth) Barnum gave when asked how their family farm survived for 102 years.
ROUND LAKE -- As they settled in for their first evening after a long day on the trail, the last thing Gwen Fleace had expected to sit through was a program on the snakes of South Dakota. Here she was, after the first of what would be 17 challenging days across prairie lands and country roads stretching from Fort Pierre to Deadwood, and she and her husband, Jerry, were handed an identification book on the snakes they might encounter on their journey. It was the Fleaces first wagon train experience, but this wasn't just any wagon train ride -- this particular journey marked the 100th annivers
WORTHINGTON -- As a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican Brian Davis couldn't help but comment on the symbolism between inviting the Democratic incumbent and the Republican challenger to share the stage as the 2008 King Turkey Day speakers, while two turkeys -- Worthington's Paycheck and the Cuero, Texas, bird Ruby Begonia -- prepared to face off in the first heat of the Great Gobbler Gallop. Davis is challenging incumbent Tim Walz in the Nov.
WORTHINGTON -- A pair of Floridians passing through Minnesota on their way to Pennsylvania were arrested shortly after noon on Friday and will serve as the community's guests of honor for this weekend's King Turkey Day festivities. A host of Turkey Day activities -- including the Great Gobbler Gallop and the parade -- will be today, with additional events Sunday (see Turk O'Day's column at right). Don and Lynda Dickerson of Altamonte Springs, Fla., a suburb of Orlando, were pulled over by a Worthington police officer as they drove south on Humiston Avenue in search of a gas station. "We was
WORTHINGTON -- The staff of Nobles-Rock Community Health Services doesn't want to get its hopes up too high, but -- knock on wood -- they are seeing a light at the end of the tuberculosis investigation tunnel. During a meeting of the NRCHS board of directors Wednesday afternoon, public health nurse Barb Navara said the current statistics include six active cases of tuberculosis in Nobles County; 16 cases under direct observational therapy (five adults and 11 children); 80 cases of latent or inactive tuberculosis; 16 pending cases awaiting results from chest X-rays; and 2 cases undergoing furt