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 -- 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?
WORTHINGTON -- With MRCI's contract with The Achievement Center set to expire Feb.
ADRIAN -- An area pork producer was recently honored for the quality of pork he produces on his family's farm southeast of Adrian. Terry Edgar, who has raised pork for Niman Ranch for the last couple of years, earned seventh place of 575 Niman Ranch producers for the pork produced on his farm.
WORTHINGTON -- While it would have been nice to be able to include all of the area's century farms in this special publication, it just wasn't possible. Therefore, following is a listing of each of those farms we weren't able to write feature stories about. Congratulations to all Century Farm recipients. The Schiefelbein Family (Jon and Bruce and Jane Ramiller) of Jasper in rural Rock County. The farm was settled in 1899. The Frances and Reuben Batalden family of Lamberton in rural Cottonwood County.
ADRIAN -- America.
HARRIS, Iowa -- A few miles south and east of Harris is a family farm that, by all accounts, has withstood the test of time. It remains while so many other small farms in the neighborhood have long such vanished. It remains despite a ravaging tornado that threatened its existence in the late 1960s. It remains in the family because the family didn't want to give up. "My strong mother" was the response Charlene (Wilmarth) Barnum gave when asked how their family farm survived for 102 years.
ROUND LAKE -- As they settled in for their first evening after a long day on the trail, the last thing Gwen Fleace had expected to sit through was a program on the snakes of South Dakota. Here she was, after the first of what would be 17 challenging days across prairie lands and country roads stretching from Fort Pierre to Deadwood, and she and her husband, Jerry, were handed an identification book on the snakes they might encounter on their journey. It was the Fleaces first wagon train experience, but this wasn't just any wagon train ride -- this particular journey marked the 100th annivers