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 -- A $400 million gift made to Sioux Valley Hospitals & Health System on Saturday by Sioux Falls, S.D., philanthropist T.
WORTHINGTON -- There is a new face leaning over the dentist's chair at Dr. Bruce Anderson's orthodontic office in Worthington. Dr. Greg Lecy, an orthodontic specialist who has operated a clinic in Marshall since 1984, has purchased Dr. Anderson's practice. He is now taking on new patients and slowly taking over the patient load from Dr.
WORTHINGTON -- With daytime temperatures at or below zero, and wind chills making it feel like 30- to 40-below, common sense tells people to stay inside.
WORTHINGTON -- Two members of Luverne-based Battery A, 1st Battalion of the 125th Field Artillery will travel to Norway in mid-February to take part in a two-week training program. Pfc. Travis Thiner of Worthington and Pvt.
JACKSON -- Directors of human services departments in Jackson and Cottonwood counties are quick to point out the success of their programs, despite being considered among the bottom 15 counties in the state when it comes to administration and cost-effectiveness of their programs. Following evaluation of the state's multi-billion-dollar human services system, the Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) cited high costs, high needs, poor transportation and overly complicated program structures as a hindrance to county human service agencies.
WORTHINGTON -- Matt and Teresa Widboom of rural Worthington were honored earlier this month as Minnesota's American Soybean Association (ASA)-DuPont Young Leader award winners. The honor makes it the third time in four years the title has been presented to a young couple involved in farming in Nobles County. The 2006 winners were Ryan and Cindy Gravenhof of Worthington, while Bill and Dawn Gordon of Brewster earned the award in 2004. As recipients of the leadership award, the Widbooms will represent Minnesota during the 2007 Commodity Classic in early March in Tampa, Fla.
PIPESTONE -- Pipestone Area High School senior Amber Schmidt is at the Fort Worth Stock Show in Texas this weekend, taking part in her first official duty as newly-crowned National Polled Hereford Queen. Schmidt was crowned from among nine state queen finalists during the National Western Stock Show Jan. 13, in Denver, Colo. In addition to her crown and sash, she received a $1,000 scholarship. During the course of the next year, Schmidt will represent the Hereford industry at shows and sales across the country and here in southwest Minnesota.
LUVERNE -- Three weeks into a year-long promotion to provide free lots in a southwest Luverne subdivision, Luverne Economic Development Authority (LEDA) Director Jill Wolf is pleased with the response. Nine of the 19 lots offered through the promotion have already been spoken for, and if interest remains strong, there won't be any lots left by the time the promotion ends Dec. 31. "I'm just really excited that the promotion took off as well as it has," Wolf said.
WORTHINGTON -- The board of directors for Greeley, Colo.-based Swift & Co. announced Monday the company is working with JPMorgan to consider future options of the world's second largest beef and pork processing company. Still feeling the effects of the Dec. 12 Immigration and Customs Enforcement sweeps on six of its processing facilities, including the plant in Worthington, Swift & Co. continues to be profitable, according to information released on its Web site. Results of its second quarter financial report released Jan. 4 showed net sales of Swift & Co.
WORTHINGTON -- The remains of the former Central Elementary School in downtown Worthington could be coming down as early as June or July, paving the way for the Southwestern Mental Health Center (SWMH) to begin construction on a new outpatient mental health clinic, offices and residential treatment facility. SWMH Executive Director Scott Johnson told Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday that after much discussion by the agency's board of directors, it was decided to continue working with Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership -- the entity that owns the Central Elementary property -- on a