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 request by Worthington businessman Larry Potter to construct a road course on land behind the Blue Line Travel Center drew mixed reactions during a hearing of the Nobles County Planning Commission Wednesday night. The issue was ultimately tabled at the request of the City of Worthington, after the city's manager of planning and economic development Brad Chapulis presented a letter to the commission. Before Potter can construct a road course, he wants to have his land rezoned from industrial to highway business.
WORTHINGTON -- Medical advancements and altered approaches in the arena of mental health are continuing to spark change in the field. Gone are the days when the mentally ill were carted off to the regional asylum -- a building that more closely resembled a prison than a treatment center. And gone are the days when patients were considered unproductive members of society, kept in dormitory-style housing to whittle the days away.
WORTHINGTON -- World-renowned agricultural economist Bill Tierney captivated a crowd of crop producers Tuesday afternoon in Worthington as he offered his projections on corn and soybean production numbers and prices for 2007 and beyond. Tierney, a retired USDA grains economist, now serves as executive vice president of John Stewart & Associates in Washington, D.C. His presentation focused primarily on U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington City Council tabled a request Monday night for financial assistance from New Vision Cooperative to help in the demolition of its vacant grain elevator at 706 10th Ave. The matter will be discussed further in a 7 a.m.
WORTHINGTON -- With more than 100 miles of transmission lines being erected between Lakefield and Sioux Falls, S.D., construction crews for Xcel Energy are hoping to complete the one-and-a-half year project on time. The job means working through the winter snow, summer heat and, right now, the spring thaw -- and that is what is creating concern among some farmers who have signed over easements to Xcel. The concern is that crews are bringing in heavy equipment and driving through farm fields before the ground has had a chance to completely thaw.
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County Chapter of Pheasants Forever earlier this month reached $1.4 million in investments in pheasant habitat in the county. The milestone was reached following the purchase of a 160-acre parcel adjacent to the Fenmot Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Wilmont Township, just a mile south of the Murray County line. Scott Rall, PF Chapter president, said the newly-named Hansen Addition to Fenmot WMA will include a substantial wetland restoration project. It is the 18th acquisition by the local chapter since it was organized 24 years ago.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- After listening to nearly an hour's worth of public testimony, the Osceola County Public Safety Commission set its 2007-2008 law enforcement budget at $878,500 -- $40,000 less than what was requested by the county's sheriff. In a standing-room-only public hearing Wednesday evening, commissioners were criticized for forcing deputies to drive high-mileage squad cars and creating low morale in the department by using outdated equipment and paying low wages. In a recent incident, Sheriff Doug Weber said a deputy was involved in a high-speed chase -- traveling speeds in excess of
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday accepted the low bid from Duinink Bros. Inc., of Prinsburg, to reconstruct County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 35 between Rushmore and Adrian. Commissioners tabled acceptance of the bid earlier this month as a result of missing paperwork from the state. The Duinink Bros. bid was $5,403,041.25, approximately 1.2 percent above the engineer's estimate for the project, said Nobles County Public Works director Stephen Schnieder.
OKABENA -- Two members of Boy Scout Troop 793 of Heron Lake and Okabena will receive Eagle Scout awards today in Okabena. Dakota Nitch, who began his scouting career in 1999 as a Cub Scout and moved to the Boy Scout ranks in 2001, removed a dilapidated shed from a wildlife management area to earn his Eagle. It wasn't removal but renovation of a shed that qualified Nitch's fellow scout, Josh Kruger, to earn his Eagle.
LAKE SHETEK -- Would you like to see how a maple tree is tapped? Have you ever wanted to make maple syrup? Visitors can experience both of those tasks and more Sunday during an old-fashioned Sugarbush Boil-off at the Shetek Environmental Learning Center. The center is located on the Shetek Lutheran Ministries Bible Camp on Keeley Island, Lake Shetek. Vicki Doeden will lead programs at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to demonstrate the process of collecting sap and transforming it into a tasty, homemade maple syrup.