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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JACKSON -- When Martin Lucin read a story in USA Today last December about a couple of women who have spent the last 50 years volunteering in Knox County, Ky., he found the story intriguing. So much so that it found its way into his sermon that following Sunday service. After church, he came home and tossed the article in the recycling bin. But the story of poverty and a health care system out of whack in one of the nation's poorest regions nagged at him.
WORTHINGTON -- Fabio Lopez realized at a young age that his homeland of Guatemala was not a land of opportunity. The third of 11 children born into poverty, he was just 10 years old when he left his home and family behind and headed into Mexico for work on coffee plantations. "We used to live in a civil war," he said. "I didn't see any opportunity to work (in Guatemala)." With military and guerilla forces at odds, the war was "pretty bad" when it arrived at his village.
WORTHINGTON -- Springtime is a great time if you're in the market to sell a home, but today's potential homebuyers have a lot more going for them -- increased optimism in the market, low interest rates and an $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers -- to name a few. Matt Larson, broker/owner of Real Estate Retrievers in Worthington said sales typically pick up this time of year. The warmer weather is definitely part of the reason the housing market in Worthington is seeing a boom these days. "I think people have probably had enough of the economy," he added.
BREWSTER -- Multiple fire departments were on the scene of a blaze at the Minnesota Soybean Processors plant in Brewster Saturday night into the early morning hours on Sunday. The fire call was reported shortly before 10 p.m.
The evacuation of Brewster was lifted at 12:55 a.m. Sunday, and residents are now free to return to their homes in the community. Residents were evacuated shortly after 10 p.m., when a fire at Minnesota Soybean Processors in Brewster warranted extra precautions. More details will be posted.
WORTHINGTON -- She was 8 years old when she fled Burma with her mother and brother after her father was beaten, tortured and killed by the military junta. He left his homeland behind as a teenager in search of a better life. They met in the Mae La refugee camp in Thailand -- she a resident and he a volunteer who came to the aid of his people as often as he could.
WORTHINGTON -- With just 18 staff members between its offices in Worthington and Luverne, Nobles-Rock Community Health Services knows that if there is ever a need for a massive response to a public health emergency, it will need the aid of volunteers. Working proactively with the Minnesota Department of Health , the Southwest Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross, Emergency Management and Minnesota Responds , the agency recently hosted the first volunteer tra
SIBLEY, Iowa -- In an unanticipated change of direction, the Sibley-Ocheyedan School Board Wednesday night rescinded a motion from its mid-April meeting to cut two weeks from the extended summer contract for high school agriculture teacher and FFA advisor Mike Earll. The action was taken during a public hearing requested by Earll, who was blindsided by the vote taken during the April meeting. That meeting was conducted primarily to discuss the closing of the Ocheyedan school, and Earll was there as an interested community resident.
WORTHINGTON -- One year ago, the Daily Globe published a series of stories on teen pregnancy in the Worthington School District. At the time, there were an estimated 20 teens between the district's middle school and high school who were pregnant. Today, there are nine girls in the district who are known to be expecting a child, and several more -- who may have been included in last spring's count -- who have given birth. Rhonda Brandt, coordinator at District 518's Alternative Learning Center, said four girls at the ALC are pregnant, while nine have had babies during the year.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday authorized the sale of $8.5 million in temporary, three-year water system construction bonds for the first phase of the Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water (LPRW) expansion project in Nobles and Jackson counties. Wells Fargo Brokerage Securities, LLC., of Minneapolis was the winning bidder for the bond purchase. LPRW CEO Dennis Healy said bid opening for the main pipeline and the water tower is slated for June 2. "Based on other bids we've heard about, we're anticipat