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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ELLSWORTH -- It isn't about winning or losing, but about helping a family in need that had students in Ellsworth Public School carrying out a good ol' fashioned penny war during the past two weeks. An all-school assembly Monday afternoon recognized the top class in the elementary (pre-kindergarten through sixth grade) that collected the greatest weight of coins, and the top class in seventh through 12th grades that collected the largest number of pennies.
WORTHINGTON -- With blustery winds creating blizzard conditions Thursday, thousands of local residents received a welcome day off from work and school. But what can you do with a day off if travel is nearly impossible and businesses throughout town have closed early? Order a pizza. That was the word from Carolyn Landberg, manager at Worthington's Pizza Hut who, at 2 p.m., was still bustling with pizza orders and overseeing delivery drivers. "It started right away this morning," said Landberg of orders coming in non-stop since its 11 a.m. opening.
RUSHMORE -- About 60 households in four Nobles County townships are without electricity, and they may not get it back until Saturday if weather conditions keep crews off the job today. Dan Fauskee of Nobles Cooperative Electric said rural homes in portions of Little Rock, Ransom, Dewald and Olney townships are impacted as a result of downed power lines. Some residents had been without power beginning as early as 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Crews worked on lines throughout the county -- including a call that came in at 2:58 a.m. four miles north of Brewster -- but had to be pulled in at 2:30 p.m.
LUVERNE -- Neither wind, sleet nor snow stopped Rock County residents from conducting a ground-breaking ceremony Thursday morning on the courthouse lawn in Luverne. The 10 a.m. program was moved inside the courthouse and included a presentation by local Legion and VFW Color Guard members. Approximately 30 people were in attendance, said Rock County Administrator Kyle Oldre. Following the program -- which included comments by Rock County Veterans Memorial Committee chair Rick Peterson, Warren Herreid Sr.
WORTHINGTON -- Today kicks off a month-long campaign by food pantries across the country to collect food and financial contributions to help feed the hungry. Food Shelf Month is marking its 25th anniversary this month, and according to Manna Food Pantry coordinator Gene Foth, food shelf usage remains strong since Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials raided Worthington's Swift & Co.
LAKE WILSON -- With a seven-day vacation to Maui and a feature article in Redbook magazine on the line, Jodi Gillette is calling for anyone with a computer to log onto www.redbookmag.com and vote for her husband, Greg, in the magazine's annual "Redbook's Hottest Husband" contest. Meanwhile, 30-year-old Greg is trying to go about his job as a UPS truck driver, growing ever-more embarrassed about being one of 18 nationwide finalists for the honor.
LUVERNE -- While the water in the Rock River may not be visible today because of the snow and ice, officials with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Mankato-based Water Resources Center are concerned about what's flowing under the surface. The Rock River made the impaired waters list for exceeding state standards for ammonia, fecal coliform bacteria and turbidity levels.
LAKEFIELD -- The community of Lakefield is mourning the loss of two 9-year-old girls who died in a Saturday morning house fire in this small, Jackson County community. Taylor Schmucker and Krystal Schwartzenberger were discovered in a second-floor bedroom by Lakefield firefighters after being called to the home at 305 S. Griffin St., at 10:28 a.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Basketball games were postponed, church services were cancelled and those who did venture outdoors slipped and slid their way along coated sidewalks and city streets this weekend. Approximately 6.5 inches of snow fell in Worthington, with greater amounts to the north and east, according to Richard Ryrholm, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Sioux Falls, S.D.
WORTHINGTON -- The discovery of a salvage yard operating north of Worthington brought Jorge Cardenas before the Nobles County Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night. Cardenas failed to apply for a conditional use permit to operate the salvage yard, which has amassed nearly 70 junked vehicles and about as many un-rimmed tires on a 7.2-acre farm site at 24400 Read Ave.