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 -- While people living in the Midwest don't have to worry about hurricanes or tsunamis, there are plenty of other weather-related events that can wreak havoc on farms and communities and the people who live there. Today marks the beginning of Severe Weather Awareness Week, and Nobles County is kicking it off with its annual Skywarn Weather Spotter training class at 7 p.m. today in the Fine Arts Theater of Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- With just seven weeks until the Windsurfing Regatta, in conjunction with the U.S. Windsurfing National Championship, hits the waves on Lake Okabena, city workers are facing some fast-paced work to get the shoreline near Sailboard Beach to a condition where windsurfers can safely get into the water. Last fall, city workers installed rip-rap on about 40 feet of shoreline in an effort to prevent further erosion.
WORTHINGTON -- A special 7 a.m. meeting Friday had the Worthington City Council facing four members of the Nobles County Board of Commissioners in an attempt to resolve issues over a shared contract for prosecution services. Contract talks have gone back and forth between the two entities since the county acted in late February to terminate the agreement with the city effective Feb. 28, 2009.
LUVERNE -- Tough economic times require creative thinking, and that is exactly what is taking place inside the office of the Luverne Economic Development Authority (LEDA). LEDA has unveiled a new incentive to fill vacant lots in two separate subdivisions on the north side of its community -- cold, hard cash. This follows last May's promotion to give away lots in the Sybesma subdivision to people who committed to building a home in the residential neighborhood. Jill Wolf, LEDA director, can only hope the new promotion is as successful as the free lot concept.
WORTHINGTON -- A plan to slaughter cattle herds, erect fences and collect money to fight bovine tuberculosis in northwest Minnesota passed the state House unanimously on Thursday. The bill, introduced by Rep. Dave Olin, passed 131-0 after he warned about the effect the bovine TB status downgrade will have on the entire state's cattle industry. Rep.
WORTHINGTON -- Kick up your heels and come on down -- the Ozark Jubilee is coming to town. It has been a few years since the country music and comedy tour has made its way to Worthington, and the Branson, Mo.-based group is hoping for a sell-out crowd at a 2 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- The southwest Minnesota pheasant population is anticipated to get another boost in habitat area, thanks to a multi-agency collaboration that will allow farmers to enroll marginal land in a newly introduced conservation effort -- Minnesota's State Acres For Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) Back Forty Pheasant Habitat program. Open enrollment began on Monday and will continue until the allocated 23,100 acres have been filled in the state. The SAFE program in Minnesota is hoped to benefit not only the pheasant population in southern Minnesota, but the Greater Prairie Chicken Range in
SLAYTON -- Yet another waterway in southwest Minnesota has made its way onto the impaired waters list, and plans are advancing to clean it up. On Monday, more than 70 people attended meetings in Slayton and Heron Lake regarding an impending Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study on the West Fork of the Des Moines River.
WORTHINGTON --Municipal airports in Pipestone, Windom and Worthington are among 14 across Greater Minnesota that have been awarded grant dollars through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration to make much-needed improvements. The Pipestone Municipal Airport will get $199,500 to purchase a large snowblower for the runway, as well as replace a fuel tank for low-lead fuel at the airport. "We've never had a snowblower before," said Rob Dykstra, airport manager. In the past, the runway was cleared with a plow, which always left windrows behind that would fill in.
WINDOM -- Herminio Nunez stepped off the stage Friday morning with his U.S. Citizenship certificate to the sounds of more than 40 Worthington Middle School students clapping and cheering in his honor. He grinned from ear to ear, waved his American flag and, for the first time in his life, proclaimed he was now an American. Nunez, a native of Panama who works as a translator in the District 518 School system, was one of 55 individuals to receive U.S.