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 -- It has been nearly 20 years since Nobles County paid off the last of its bonds used to fund transportation projects, but with the continued rise in construction costs, commissioners are considering it as a possible option once again. During a special work session with bonding consultants Ehlers & Associates on Thursday afternoon, commissioners examined the options to bond future projects in Nobles County.
FULDA -- More than a dozen landowners attended a Heron Lake Watershed District-sponsored meeting in Fulda Thursday afternoon to learn about steps they can take to improve the land and water in environmentally-sensitive areas of Bondin Township. The watershed district is the recipient of more than $96,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use as incentive to encourage landowners and operators to practice minimum tillage methods and increase residue on the land. HLWD applied for Section 319 funds from the EPA in the fall of 2006.
WORTHINGTON -- The announcement of a fourth cattle herd in northern Minnesota testing positive for bovine tuberculosis in a span of just five months will likely mean new restrictions placed on cattle producers who transport animals across state lines. Since the first report of bovine TB in Minnesota in 2005, 11 cattle herds have tested positive for the bacterial disease.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved two land acquisition proposals that will in essence transfer two parcels recently purchased by the local Pheasants Forever chapter over to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The process has been done numerous times in the past, said Scott Rall, Nobles County Pheasants Forever Chapter president.
LUVERNE -- Rock County Commissioners on Tuesday moved to seek legislative approval to convert its auditor-treasurer position from an elected to appointed title. The first step in the process is to encourage legislative leaders to carry the request to the State Capitol this session, said Rock County Administrator Kyle Oldre. Rep. Doug Magnus, R-Slayton, and Sen.
OKOBOJI, Iowa -- For years, Donna Muilenburg traveled along U.S. 71 in Spirit Lake. And for years, she admired the large two-story farmhouse that sat atop a hill across from the Lakes Art Center. "I saw it many times and thought, that would make a wonderful bed and breakfast," she recalled. Little did she know that some day she and her daughter, Ann, would be the two to make that dream come true. Earlier this month, the duo opened the Okoboji Country Inn -- nearly two years after the circa-1870s farmhouse was moved to its new location and completely restored.
WORTHINGTON -- Twenty-two schools in southwest Minnesota make up Region VI FFA, and of the nine-member officer team, two individuals hail from the Worthington FFA Chapter. Even more impressive is that both of these females plan to one day pursue careers in agricultural education. Cheyenne Marco, a WHS junior and FFA chapter vice president, serves as the Region VI secretary, while WHS senior and FFA chapter president Kaylee Williamson is the region's FFA reporter.
SLAYTON -- When it comes to recognizing FFA Week, the entire student body at Murray County Central High School gets into the action. As tradition, the MCC FFA Chapter officer team has planned a full week of activities again this year -- everything from Ag Olympics to Drive Your Tractor to School Day. Chapter President Wesley Halbur said all of the activities have an agriculture theme to "spread awareness of FFA and what we do as a chapter, and what (students) can accomplish." "We try to get everyone involved. We try to make it as big as we can," added Chapter Reporter Brett Simpson.
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles-Rock Community Health Services Board voted to dissolve its Health Advisory Committee in favor of an ad hoc system Wednesday during its meeting. NRCHS Director Brad Meyer was instructed three months ago to examine the feasibility of dissolving the committee and presented his recommendation at Wednesday's meeting. "The ad hoc work group would be as needed," said Meyer, adding that a group of individuals would be brought together to examine a specific public health issue. As an example, Meyer talked about bringing people together to address teen pregnancy -- an issue
WORTHINGTON -- RSVP volunteers performed more than 41,500 service hours in communities throughout Nobles County in 2007. Now, as the agency has to give up its 11th Street office and work space, it is the community that is returning the favor -- by offering space for some of RSVP's programs. On Tuesday, more than a half-dozen participants in the RSVP-sponsored Bone Builders class met at the new work-out space on the stage of Worthington's Memorial Auditorium. The class promotes building and maintaining strength, and since it began in April 2007, had met in the RSVP office.