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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Editor's Note: This is the third installment of a three-part series looking at the impact the Freedom to Breathe Act will have on Minnesotans. WORTHINGTON -- When Hennepin and Ramsey counties, along with the cities of Bloomington, Minneapolis and Golden Valley enacted smoke-free ordinances in bars, restaurants and office buildings in the spring of 2005, Minnesota's stop-smoking service, Quitplan at Work, experienced three times more inquiries than usual. Now, with smoke-free legislation going statewide on Oct.
WORTHINGTON -- Legislation that will ban smoking in Minnesota public places including bars, restaurants, service clubs and bowling alleys as of Oct. 1 continues to draw public debate. Locally, reaction among businesses spans the spectrum. Some are glad the legislation was enacted, while others fear it will be a detriment to their business. In somewhat of a unique situation, Worthington's Country Kitchen owner Bill Weber made his restaurant smoke-free more than a year ago, on April 1, 2006.
ADRIAN -- The Adrian Fire Department, with mutual aid from Ellsworth, responded to a dairy barn fire at the Delores Ashby residence, 27993 Ahlers Ave., Thursday afternoon. Additional water tankers were requested from both Magnolia and Lismore fire departments. Ashby said she had just returned home when she noticed smoke. After she went into the house, she noticed fire shooting out one of the barn's windows.
WORTHINGTON -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday signed legislation making Minnesota the 20th state in the country to ban smoking in virtually all indoor public places, including bars, restaurants and private clubs. The law, which takes effect Oct.
WORTHINGTON -- While the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Nobles County will be marked on May 23, most of the celebrating will actually take place this summer. Among the county's plans are to sponsor a medallion hunt in each of the 12 communities of Nobles County.
WORTHINGTON -- Free bus transportation will be provided for Nobles County's World War II veterans and their families to attend the World War II Memorial Dedication June 9 in St. Paul. Nobles County Veterans Service Officer Mark Joldersma has arranged for two Reading Bus Lines motor coaches to transport up to 112 people to the dedication event.
WORTHINGTON -- With a second incident of hepatitis A striking Minnesotans in a matter of a couple of weeks -- the latest discovery coming last Thursday at Burnsville High School -- public health officials are reminding those who work with food of the basic steps in preventing the virus. "Prevention is simple, but also, it's a little complicated. It's 100 percent consistency," said Jason Kloss, sanitarian with Nobles-Rock Community Health Services. The most important practice in preventing hepatitis A is good hygiene.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Members of the Worthington Composite squadron of the Civil Air Patrol received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Sunday when they took turns riding in a U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- Increasing by more than 100 percent in a decade, the latest census figures show nearly 48,000 children in Minnesota live under the care of a grandparent. When other relatives are added to the mix, the number of children living with family other than their parents swells to an estimated 71,000. Sharon Durken, executive director of Minnesota Kinship Caregivers Association (MKCA), said the trend of grandparents becoming caregivers to grandchildren continues to increase.
LUVERNE -- After more than two years of Public Health Preparedness education and trainings, staff with Nobles-Rock Community Health Services put their skills to use in a live scenario when they were asked to assist Lincoln-Lyon-Murray-Pipestone Public Health Services in last week's Hepatitis A immune globulin (IG) clinics in Slayton. During a Wednesday afternoon meeting of the NRCHS board, the agency's director, Brad Meyer, reported that staff had logged 16.5 hours of overtime to assist with the mass clinics. "If something happened here, we'd want (other agencies) to come and help," he added