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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ASHTON, Iowa -- Some communities have festivals and parades, holiday lighting contests and farm shows to lure people to town. Ashton has Ed Henkelman. For the past two years, the Henkelman home at 438 Fourth Ave. has attracted walking gawkers, creeping cars and two-trips-by tour busses -- all because of a towering Maple tree that stands on the corner lot. Well, that isn't all. "I tell people that I got a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts for $25,000 to promote it as a tourist attraction. I got $5,000 from the City of Ashton and $10,000 from the county," said Henkelman in jest.
WORTHINGTON -- There is an old adage that the only two things a person can be sure of in this life are death and taxes. While no one can avoid death, certainly there have been people who have tried to avoid paying taxes. During her presentation to Nobles County Commissioners earlier this week, Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Balster reported 2007 unpaid property taxes at nearly $182,585 as of Dec. 31.
WORTHINGTON -- Beginning in early March, English- and Spanish-speaking individuals needing chemical dependency counseling will once again be able to get those services in Worthington. Sue Harris, director and supervisor for Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Counseling Resources Inc., said counselors from her agency will provide outpatient programming in the community on a weekly basis.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Nearly a year after legislators debated a smoking ban in indoor public places in Minnesota, Iowa lawmakers appear to be following suit. On Tuesday, a key house panel approved a measure that would ban indoor smoking in businesses and public places. Minnesota's law, Freedom to Breathe, has been in place since Oct.
ROUND LAKE -- When Gary Ling took a drafting class in college, little did he know it would come in handy in retirement. The rural Round Lake man has, for nearly two years, honed his selftaught skills to make more than a half dozen colorful bowls using hundreds of tiny pieces of both common and hard-to-find woods. The art is known as segmented bowls, and for those who have tried to master the technique, it can be equated to solving a multidimensional jigsaw puzzle. In fact, the puzzle-solving aspect was what first intrigued Ling about the art.
WORTHINGTON -- Increasing caseloads in the Nobles County Family Services Agency have led to a workforce shortage and overworked employees in recent years, and the disparity is only expected to widen as more people seek assistance in a perceived recession. To help ease the strain on his staff of 11 financial workers, Family Services Director Lee McAllister went before Nobles County commissioners Tuesday morning with a request to add one more full-time financial worker position to his staff.
WORTHINGTON -- Seven 196-foot meteorological towers will be erected early this spring in southern Nobles County to measure the wind. The temporary towers will be constructed by Tower Associates LLC, a Juno Beach, Fla., company, to determine if the sites are suitable for future wind development. Steve Stengel, spokesman for FPL Energy, which is conducting the project, said the meteorological towers will collect wind speed data for 18 months to two years before a decision is made regarding possible construction of wind turbines on the sites. "What you're seeing in (Nobles) County is the early
HARRIS, Iowa -- While the wind hasn't stopped blowing across the prairies of southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa, the 40-turbine Endeavor Wind Farm near Harris, Iowa, hasn't been able to fully capitalize on the gusts for several months now. Officials with the wind farm, developed by Clipper Wind, discovered late last summer there was a timing issue in the secondary stage of the power train. "It was ... what we would call a start-up issue -- supplier related," said Mary McCann-Gates, director of global communications for Clipper Wind's Carpinteria, Calif., office.
WORTHINGTON -- Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack stopped at the Blue Line Café in Worthington Thursday afternoon in a whirlwind southwest Minnesota tour to stump for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton. Just days before Minnesotans go to the caucus, Vilsack was one of many Clinton campaigners traversing the state on Thursday to meet with fellow Democrats and call on voters seeking support. "Campaigns are all about personal touch," said Vilsack, who also made stops in Marshall, Slayton and Luverne. "Every part of Minnesota is important.
LUVERNE -- Less than two weeks before the Minnesota Legislature kicks off its 2008 session, Nobles-Rock Community Health Services Educator Paula Anderson is encouraging people to share their positive stories about the implementation of the Freedom to Breathe Act. Her goal is to share the stories with legislators -- to let them know the residents of southwest Minnesota appreciate the law, which prohibits smoking in indoor public spaces such as bars and restaurants. The Freedom to Breathe Act has been in effect since Oct.