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 -- The staff of Nobles-Rock Community Health Services doesn't want to get its hopes up too high, but -- knock on wood -- they are seeing a light at the end of the tuberculosis investigation tunnel. During a meeting of the NRCHS board of directors Wednesday afternoon, public health nurse Barb Navara said the current statistics include six active cases of tuberculosis in Nobles County; 16 cases under direct observational therapy (five adults and 11 children); 80 cases of latent or inactive tuberculosis; 16 pending cases awaiting results from chest X-rays; and 2 cases undergoing furt
JASPER -- The residents of Jasper will soon be without a house that has been deemed as nothing less than a nuisance since its inhabitants left town more than a year ago. On Tuesday night, the Jasper City Council voted to move forward with plans to demolish the house at 121 W. Third St., accepting a bid of $6,705 from Double D Gravel, Inc., of Pipestone, to complete the work. Nobles-Rock Community Health Sanitarian Jason Kloss said the action follows an inspection completed by him and a declaration that the property violates the Community Health Act's Public Health Nuisance Abatement.
WORTHINGTON -- What would you do if you knew a mother and her young children slept outside last night because they had no place to stay? What if you knew a teenage boy who was kicked out of his house and had no permanent address? What would you do to solve the growing problem of homelessness in Worthington? This may seem a question of insurmountable proportions, but if a few steps could be taken at a time, it isn't a problem without a solution. That was the message Monday from Deacon Justin Green, a homeless and housing specialist from the Diocese of Winona.
JACKSON -- Eight years ago, the Fort Belmont Rendezvous began with a dream to teach the public about the history of trapping and fur trading along the Des Moines River near Jackson, and over the weekend, the event attracted its largest contingent ever of rendezvous participants. Clad in clothing typical of that worn during the fur trading days of yore, rendezvous hobbyists from across Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota shared their talents for such things as rope making, black powder rifle shooting, off-loom beading, trapping and tomahawk tossing during the two day event at Jackson's Fort Belmo
LUVERNE -- Stately homes with stained glass windows, expansive open porches and unique stylings line North Kniss Avenue in Luverne, and on Saturday, the public will have the opportunity to step inside some of them to see their inner beauty. Greg and Janet Burger own one of four homes that will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday during the community's first-ever Historic Homes Tour.
WORTHINGTON -- More than 200 people were on hand for the Nobles County Farm Bureau annual meeting Thursday night at Pioneer Village in Worthington, where they heard comments on the ethanol and grain industry by "Commstock Report" founder David Kruse, of rural Spencer, Iowa. Kruse, whose opinionated agricultural commentary can be heard twice daily on local radio station KWOA, covered everything from the price of corn and the cost of inputs, to the attempts to undermine the ethanol industry and the differences between the two presidential candidates on the nationwide renewable fuels standard.
WORTHINGTON -- As people gathered for a retirement celebration Thursday afternoon to honor Lee McAllister for his years of service to the Nobles County Family Service Agency, Mary Fischer was busy learning the ropes of her new role in the department. On Aug. 1, Fischer began training in Nobles County to take over McAllister's role as director of family services in the county.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners set the 2009 proposed property tax levy Tuesday morning at the maximum increase allowed by the state, at 3.9 percent. This is a not-to-exceed levy, which means that the county can lower it at any time before the end of the year. The increase will amount in $9,501,270 in tax dollars collected in the county in 2009. After weeks of budget wrangling, commissioners worked out a budget that would require a 3.67 percent increase in the 2009 levy.
WORTHINGTON -- Those planning a nice family gathering on the shores of Lake Okabena this holiday weekend may want to find an alternative plan -- especially if the weather gets as nice as forecasters predict. Temperatures in the mid-80s seem like a perfect way to round out the unofficial end to summer, but not for the lake, which has already experienced a few algae blooms in the past week. After being on the lake Thursday morning, Dan Livdahl, administrator of the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District, said conditions are right for another algae bloom. "Traditionally, the smelliest algae blooms
WORTHINGTON -- The investigation into a tuberculosis outbreak in Nobles County continues to widen as more people are testing positive for both latent and active forms of TB. Brad Meyer, director of Nobles-Rock Community Health Services, said his agency has now identified 62 individuals with latent TB, all of whom are receiving monthly INH medication therapy. Another five individuals with active TB are being treated, as well as eight individuals suspected to have the disease.