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 -- 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.
WORTHINGTON -- Just one of the two Nobles County Commissioners up for re-election this year will be on the ballot in the Sept. 9 primary election, as more than two candidates are vying for the post. Commissioner Diane Thier, who has served the residents in District 2 for the past eight years, faces challengers Frank Wieneke of Adrian and Daryl Behrends of Wilmont.
WORTHINGTON -- It's hard to imagine what 300 tons -- 600,000 pounds -- of stuff looks like, but that is the estimated amount not going into our nation's landfills on a daily basis, thanks to The Freecycle Network. The Internet Web site established five years ago in Tucson, Ariz., to help people with excess items give them away to people in need has since grown to more than 5.5 million people in more than 4,500 Freecycle groups around the country.
WORTHINGTON -- Commissioners from both Nobles and Rock counties met over interactive television Tuesday morning to hear budget requests from the department heads of Rock-Nobles Community Corrections and Nobles-Rock Community Health Services, as the counties continue to move toward setting their 2009 budgets. Jon Ramlo, corrections director, submitted a budget plan requesting $142,152 from Nobles County, and $71,076 from Rock County for 2009. The funding amounts to a $2,407 increase for Nobles County, and a $1,203.50 increase for Rock County.
LUVERNE -- A Wisconsin man who has led efforts in his home state to raise money for the victims impacted by the Sept.
WORTHINGTON -- Rural Round Lake farmer Tom Wiese pointed out a winged aphid on the underside of a leaf in his soybean field Wednesday morning, as crops specialist Liz Stahl, of the Regional Extension Center in Worthington, looked on. Aphid populations across southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa have been excessive in recent weeks, forcing many farmers to not only apply insecticide, but continue monitoring their fields just in case there's a second explosion of the yield-robbing pests. Wiese, who sprayed his bean field two to three weeks ago, found high numbers of aphids again on Sunday, bu
WORTHINGTON -- Two representatives from the Centers for Disease Control have been in Nobles County for more than a week now as the local public health agency continues to investigate an outbreak of tuberculosis. Brad Meyer, director of Nobles-Rock Community Health Services, said an individual from Minneapolis and a federal investigator from the Atlanta, Ga., office of the CDC will likely remain in Worthington through the end of this week. The two individuals are assisting the public health agency in its investigation into a recent increase in tuberculosis cases in Nobles County. Meyer said