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 in a four-part series on teen pregnancy in Nobles County. WORTHINGTON -- With 20 teens in the Worthington School District walking to class this year with a baby bump or as a new mother, one has to wonder why there is such a surge in teen pregnancies. Do we blame educators, parents, clothing designers, television, music or the movies? Are students not getting the message about abstinence or the use of contraceptives?
Editor's note: This is the second installment in a four-part series on teen pregnancy in Nobles County. WORTHINGTON -- In basketball, if a person commits five fouls, he or she is out of the game.
Editor's note: This is the first installment in a four-part series on teen pregnancy in Nobles County. WORTHINGTON -- While a walk down the halls of Worthington High School or Worthington Middle School may not reveal exactly how many teen students are pregnant, reports among health officials in the community put the number at nearly 20. District 518 school nurse Wendy Donkersloot said there are 14 couples in the local high school who are known to be expecting a baby, while another four became parents this school year.
ELLSWORTH -- While interior work and landscaping remain, members of the Ellsworth Fire and Rescue Department now have a new home for their fire trucks and rescue vehicle, thanks to generous community donations. Construction began last fall on a new six-bay fire hall on the southeast corner of town to house the department's fleet.
HARDWICK -- Nearly 200 people filled the street in front of the newly completed veterans memorial in Hardwick under sunny skies and a light breeze Monday afternoon to dedicate the community's monument to its military heroes. Crafted by Those Blasted Things in Luverne, the Hardwick Area Veterans Memorial recognizes 230 area men and women who stepped up to serve their country in the armed forces.
LUVERNE - An incentive package valued at just more than $10,000 is the latest addition to Luverne Economic Development Authority's (LEDA) arsenal to sell residential lots in its community. In early April, LEDA director Jill Wolf announced a grant program that would give people a cash incentive for purchasing a remaining lot in either the Veterans subdivision or Evergreen First addition. The incentive includes $2,000 paid by LEDA to each family member -- up to a maximum of $12,000 -- once a certificate of occupancy is signed on a new home developed on one of the qualifying lots.
WORTHINGTON -- Anyone thinking about a last minute, close-to-home camping trip for the Memorial Day holiday may be out of luck, as several of the area's camp sites have been spoken for -- in some cases weeks ago. In Worthington, Olson Park municipal campground hostess Barb Elsing said she could have filled six campgrounds with the number of requests for a site this weekend. "We are completely full," she said Thursday afternoon. "I think I have two tent sites open." It isn't just the Memorial Day weekend that has been in demand among campers, however.
WORTHINGTON -- What weighs 50 to 100 pounds at birth, usually learns to walk within 15 or 20 minutes after it's born and gets its ears pierced by the time it's a day or two old? The answer to all of those questions would be Little Red, a Holstein calf who took her first off-the-farm ride Wednesday when she visited Worthington's Prairie Elementary to help teach third-graders about the dairy industry and the importance of consuming milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products. DiDi Christopherson and her mom, Carol, will return to the school today for the second installment of the Nobles Coun
WORTHINGTON -- A large crowd of property owners, business people and city and county government leaders gathered at an open house Tuesday afternoon in Worthington to get their first look at the proposed redesign and four-lane expansion project of Minnesota 60. Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) staff from District 7 were on hand at the Nobles County Government Center to explain the construction project, which is slated to begin in 2010 north of Bigelow, and continue through 2013, when the project reaches Interstate 90 and the existing four-lane highway there. Large maps rolled ou
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners, in a 3-2 margin, approved a prosecution services contract with the City of Worthington during their board meeting on Tuesday. The new contract, which has the city paying 25 percent of the county attorney office budget, will begin Jan. 1, 2009 and continue for three years.