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 -- The Nobles County Board of Commissioners hosted a public hearing on needed repairs to Judicial Ditch No. 8, north of Worthington along U.S. 59, during their meeting on Tuesday. Stephen Schnieder, director of Nobles County Public Works, said the side bank along about a 150-foot stretch of the highway has slid down, and nearly two feet of sediment has settled into the bottom of the ditch. His recommendation is to remove the silt, install fabric, rock and a second layer of fabric to prevent erosion.
ADRIAN -- Nobles County Commissioners learned on Tuesday that a bridge over Kanaranzi Creek in Larkin Township, northeast of Adrian, will be closed due to concerns about potential failure. The bridge likely won't be replaced until next August, at the earliest. Stephen Schnieder, Nobles County director of public works, said Larkin Township officials were notified Thursday of the need to close the bridge.
WORTHINGTON -- Weekend rains and the forecast for continued showers this week has put a damper on what already appears to be a disappointing harvest season in southwest Minnesota. The rain, however, is desperately needed -- and farmers aren't complaining about having to take a break, so far. Rural Worthington grain producer Bill Gordon said the rain will help to increase moisture levels in his soybean crop, which isn't a bad thing. "The rain will bring moisture back up in the soybean, and that will help put more money in our pockets," Gordon said Monday afternoon. By the time rain showers
WORTHINGTON -- It is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gasm and long-term exposure to it results in thousands of lung cancer deaths each year.
WORTHINGTON -- When children and their parents were living in motel rooms, people in the community stepped up to offer a hot meal. When parents couldn't find a place to rent, agencies gave of their time to help in the search.
Despite a record-breaking collection during the Salvation Army's local Red Kettle campaign last Christmas season, the agency has run out of the money it designates to help the community's homeless. At the same time, local food shelves are flooded with requests for assistance, the Southwest Minnesota Opportunity Council has nearly extinguished its funds for housing assistance and the Worthington Ministerial Association is pulling together what funds it can for motel vouchers, food and gas for people in need. Some say homelessness has been an issue in Worthington for more than a decade, but mo
WORTHINGTON -- When she picked up her young children and moved to Worthington for a new job this summer, Natalie (an assumed name to protect her identity) had not expected to have such difficulty finding a place for her family to spend the night. She had left both an apartment and a steady job in Storm Lake, Iowa, in the hopes of earning more money to support her family in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- Export markets, livestock production and expansion, bovine tuberculosis and transportation were among the issues discussed at a listening session Wednesday afternoon with Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson. While Hugoson said the purpose of the meeting was to gather input from farmers and agribusiness people in the area, he also spent time talking about top issues in Minnesota agriculture. On the minds of several in the room was the status of the expected split-state designation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding bovine TB.
BREWSTER -- An event planned Saturday in both Adrian and Brewster will give people an opportunity to experience one night of homelessness -- one night to sleep outdoors in a cardboard box, tent or sleeping bag; one night to go without TV or radio; one night to go without the comforts of home. More than 100 individuals, representing 22 church congregations from throughout southwest Minnesota are expected to stay overnight at the Brewster City Park and the Adrian Lower Park as part of the first-ever Cardboard Box City event in Nobles County. Participants, many of whom volunteered through their
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?