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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WINDOM -- Herminio Nunez stepped off the stage Friday morning with his U.S. Citizenship certificate to the sounds of more than 40 Worthington Middle School students clapping and cheering in his honor. He grinned from ear to ear, waved his American flag and, for the first time in his life, proclaimed he was now an American. Nunez, a native of Panama who works as a translator in the District 518 School system, was one of 55 individuals to receive U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- Eleven years old seems like such a young age to have to worry about being caught up in war, but Carlos Figueroa said the guerrillas operating in El Salvador back in the late 1980s were taking boys as young as 11 and 12 to help in their fight. It wasn't the kind of life any parent would want for their child, so Figueroa's dad headed north -- across the U.S.-Mexico border -- with the hope of giving his family the gift of freedom. "It wasn't an easy decision for my dad or mom to make," Figueroa said.
WORTHINGTON -- The third annual Worthington Gun Show is coming to town this weekend, and organizers are anticipating a show that is bigger and better than before. Randy Thompson, president of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Committee, spearheads the show to provide the public with an opportunity to buy, sell or trade a variety of guns and shooting supplies. Vendors from the tri-state area have reserved more than 110 tables for the event. The gun show runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota's bovine tuberculosis status is officially downgraded today, following an announcement on Tuesday by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH). The U.S. Department of Agriculture has moved the state from Modified Accredited Advanced (MAA) to Modified Accredited (MA) status, meaning cattle and bison producers in the state must test their feeder and breeding animals for the disease before they can be transported out of state. Slaughter animals need not be tested if they are being transported from the farm directly to a processing facility.
WORTHINGTON -- After much discussion and two failed motions, Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to make a counter-offer to the City of Worthington regarding a contract for prosecution services. The offer states the county will continue to provide prosecution services to the city, but at an increased rate of 30 percent of the department's budget.
WORTHINGTON -- These days, it seems there is a celebration for everything. Take April, for instance. According to some Web sites, April is known as Guitar Month, National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month, National Smile Month, Pets are Wonderful Month and Straw Hat Month to name just a few. In all seriousness, April is also known as volunteer month -- a time to recognize those who give of themselves to make the world a little brighter for others. Joanne Bartosh, coordinator of the RSVP office in Nobles County, knows all too well that volunteers are vital to communities.
WORTHINGTON -- The quick action of a pair of truck drivers on a South Dakota highway a year ago saved Abby Bern of Worthington from an almost certain fate of drowning. As a result of their heroism, Richard Filiczkowski was recognized March 27 as the recipient of the 2007 Highway Hero award at the Mid-American Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.
WORTHINGTON -- The role of an emergency management director often centers on the response to weather-related events -- from tornadoes to flooding to winter storms -- but the response needed depends on who or what is affected. For instance, weather-related destruction to a farm site requires different response tactics be activated than damage to a home in town. Following the floods in southeast Minnesota in August 2007, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture realized response plans really hadn't addressed the agricultural sector.
LUVERNE -- Less than a year after Minnesota West Community and Technical College opened the Luverne Educational Center for Health Careers in the former Luverne hospital building, plans have been announced to expand programming at the facility. Beginning this fall, medical laboratory technician (MLT) and medical assistant (MA) programs will be offered to students.
LUVERNE -- A pair of area bicycling enthusiasts is hoping to get more people off their couch on a Sunday afternoon and enjoying the scenery around Rock County. Kraig Rust of Kenneth and Preston VerMeer of Luverne are organizing Bike Around Rock County (BARC), an event to bring people together to learn more about the sport and to bike different routes around the county. BARC's inaugural ride is slated to begin at 1 p.m.