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 -- Quality, consistency and consumer satisfaction are at an all-time high in the beef industry, and today's producers want to ensure those rankings continue well into the future. More than 20 cattle producers from southwest Minnesota took part in a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program Wednesday in Worthington.
LUVERNE -- With temperatures feeling more like late spring, the Luverne Area Chamber of Commerce is hoping to help break the winter blahs with its annual Home, Health and Garden Show this Saturday. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Recorder Lynn Wilson is encouraging anyone with summer and fall travel planned outside the United States to apply for passports now. After new passport requirements went into effect Jan. 1, in which all people traveling by air outside the United States must have a passport for re-entry, Wilson said there is a backlog of applications to be processed. As such, passports that used to arrive within six weeks are now taking up to 10 weeks to process.
WORTHINGTON -- Larry Potter dreams of one day looking to the north and west of his Blue Line Travel Center and seeing Porsches and Jaguars maneuvering through a 3.5-mile road course, with spectators watching the action from seating areas or enjoying the amenities of a campground. "It's been thought about for quite a while," said Potter, who plans to take his dream before members of the Nobles County Planning and Zoning Commission March 28 in Worthington. "The vision is a motor sports complex, starting with a road course," explained Potter. One of his major concerns, however, is getting the
WORTHINGTON -- During their national study tour to Washington, D.C., last week, members in the fourth class of the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership program discussed at length the debate surrounding the 2007 Farm Bill. The MARL group consists of 32 agricultural producers and ag business professionals from across the state, including four who reside in, or have ties to, the area.
WORTHINGTON -- Following a March 1 bid opening, Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder presented Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday with bids for the completion of the Nobles County 35 road project between Adrian and Rushmore. Six bids were received for the project, all of which came in above the engineer's estimate of $5,318,896.59. The low bid was presented by Duininck Bros.
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.