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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WILMONT -- The John and Carolyn Penning family of rural Wilmont has been selected as the 2008 Nobles County Farm Family of the Year. They will join families from around the state for a recognition ceremony Aug. 7, at Farmfest in Redwood County. The Pennings have a long history in farming, John in Summit Lake Township where both his father and grandfather farmed, and Carolyn about eight miles to the north, near the small town of Iona.
WORTHINGTON -- It didn't take long for officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine that damages caused by early June rains in Nobles County were significant enough to warrant federal financial assistance. On Monday, representatives from FEMA will meet with officials from the 14 townships and two communities that reported damages as a result of flooding between June 7 and June 12.
WORTHINGTON -- While it may not have been the traditional exchange trip Nobles County 4-H'ers had intended, they made the most of their four days in western and central Pennsylvania recently. The trip was the culmination of nearly two years of planning that was to involve hosting 4-H'ers from Pennsylvania in 2007, and being hosted by that same group in 2008. But last summer, just two weeks before the Pennsylvania 4-H'ers were to arrive in Nobles County, they backed out.
BREWSTER -- From tractors and trains to clowns and magicians, Brewster Fun Days is sure to provide entertainment for people of all ages this Friday through Sunday. The annual community celebration kicks off Friday with food booths opening at 5 p.m. in the park shelter and the ninth annual kiddee pedal pull at 5:30 p.m. for children ages 4 to 11. The Little Mr. and Miss Brewster drawing will be at 6:45 p.m., and is open to children ages 4 to 10.
WESTBROOK -- When Westbrook's only grocery store was destroyed by fire on July 5, quick action and creative thinking helped alleviate the mounting concern among not only Westbrook residents, but from grocery shoppers throughout the area. Within days of the blaze that required the efforts of six fire departments, Maynard's Food Center General Manager Gary Thompson said a bus service was established to transport, free of charge, area grocery shoppers to the Maynard's store in Fulda. "What we're trying to do right now is to soften the pain for our communities," Thompson said on Tuesday.
WORTHINGTON -- While there have not yet been any reported cases of West Nile virus in Minnesota this summer season, it's bound to be an issue as people get outside and enjoy the long days of summer. The Minnesota Department of Health is anticipating a surge in mosquito activity because of the wet spring and increase in standing water. "Everything that we've heard ...
BREWSTER -- Members of the New Vision Cooperative board of directors joined officials from the City of Brewster Tuesday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of what will become a $10-million-plus fertilizer facility on the west edge of town. The fertilizer plant, once it's finished next spring, will have the capacity to receive 100 car trains of fertilizer, unload 10,000 tons of fertilizer within 15 hours, load out 700 tons per hour and store up to 45,000 tons on site. The computer-controlled terminal and storage area will amount to about 1.5 acres under roof.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Nine months after Minnesota's law to eliminate smoking in public places took effect, its neighbor to the south begins its new law, the Iowa Smokefree Air Act.
WORTHINGTON -- As members of the Worthington Amateur Radio Club continued to set up their equipment Saturday afternoon for an Amateur Radio Field Day, Dan Anderson connected over the airwaves with a fellow ham radio operator from Wisconsin. It was the first of 48 connections made during the event, which included area ham radio operators as young as age 11 to senior citizens. That Anderson connected with someone from Wisconsin was no small feat -- he was only operating on 20 watts of power.
LAKE WILSON -- Graduates and former students of Lake Wilson Public School filled the bleachers and gymnasium floor Saturday afternoon to share memories about their school and to dedicate a memorial that will forever remind the community of the importance the school once had on this small, Murray County community. Janet Smith Timmerman of the Chandler-Lake Wilson class of 1976 said it best when she declared the greatest resource to come from the school was its students -- students who left the hallowed halls of Lake Wilson behind for greater opportunities and grander dreams. As part of the co