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 -- Today kicks off a month-long campaign by food pantries across the country to collect food and financial contributions to help feed the hungry. Food Shelf Month is marking its 25th anniversary this month, and according to Manna Food Pantry coordinator Gene Foth, food shelf usage remains strong since Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials raided Worthington's Swift & Co.
LAKE WILSON -- With a seven-day vacation to Maui and a feature article in Redbook magazine on the line, Jodi Gillette is calling for anyone with a computer to log onto www.redbookmag.com and vote for her husband, Greg, in the magazine's annual "Redbook's Hottest Husband" contest. Meanwhile, 30-year-old Greg is trying to go about his job as a UPS truck driver, growing ever-more embarrassed about being one of 18 nationwide finalists for the honor.
WORTHINGTON -- Basketball games were postponed, church services were cancelled and those who did venture outdoors slipped and slid their way along coated sidewalks and city streets this weekend. Approximately 6.5 inches of snow fell in Worthington, with greater amounts to the north and east, according to Richard Ryrholm, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Sioux Falls, S.D.
LAKEFIELD -- The community of Lakefield is mourning the loss of two 9-year-old girls who died in a Saturday morning house fire in this small, Jackson County community. Taylor Schmucker and Krystal Schwartzenberger were discovered in a second-floor bedroom by Lakefield firefighters after being called to the home at 305 S. Griffin St., at 10:28 a.m.
LUVERNE -- While the water in the Rock River may not be visible today because of the snow and ice, officials with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Mankato-based Water Resources Center are concerned about what's flowing under the surface. The Rock River made the impaired waters list for exceeding state standards for ammonia, fecal coliform bacteria and turbidity levels.
WORTHINGTON -- The discovery of a salvage yard operating north of Worthington brought Jorge Cardenas before the Nobles County Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night. Cardenas failed to apply for a conditional use permit to operate the salvage yard, which has amassed nearly 70 junked vehicles and about as many un-rimmed tires on a 7.2-acre farm site at 24400 Read Ave.
WORTHINGTON -- Two months into his role as 1st District Congressman, Tim Walz made the rounds through southwest Minnesota Wednesday, hosting listening sessions on the role of the next federal Farm Bill. He met with nearly 50 farmers and agricultural professionals at Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington in the morning, stopped in Luverne over the noon hour and ended the day with a visit to Minnesota West's Pipestone campus, where he was joined by first-term U.S. Sen.
WORTHINGTON -- Three weeks into her position as director of KidsPeace Prairie Academy in Worthington, Nancy Earhart Burt is still learning the corrections lingo. With a master's degree in counseling and experience as a teacher and counselor in school districts in the Midwest, Burt brings a wealth of experience to the job. Most recently, she led a GED prep program at an alternative high school in Sioux Falls, S.D., and before that, operated a sexual assault center in northern Minnesota. A native of Pipestone, Burt returned to the region six and a half years ago.
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington's Hy-Vee and Wal-Mart are among a large group of grocery stores across the country offering refunds to customers who have purchased Peter Pan or Great Value peanut butter brands involved in a recall because of salmonella. Both stores were directed to remove jars of peanut butter from their shelves after an outbreak of Salmonella Tennessee was traced to peanut butter manufactured by a Con-Agra Foods facility in Georgia.
WORTHINGTON -- Jill Lebert and Kelli Reiter, co-chairs of the Nobles County Relay for Life, have set a couple of attainable goals this year -- they want to see at least 20 teams walking the luminaried track June 22-23 at the Nobles County Fairgrounds, and they want those teams to raise at least $75,000 for the American Cancer Society. The $75,000 goal has been the same in each of the last two years Reiter and Lebert have co-chaired the event. Last year, they not only missed their fund-raising goal by about $4,000, but they had only 10 teams participate in the county's Relay.