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 -- Westminster Presbyterian Church in Worthington will be the host site for a new feeding ministry set to begin in mid-January in the community to assist the homeless. The Bread of Life feeding ministry will be offered as a noon meal once each week, either on Saturday or Sunday. Nearly half a dozen local groups and organizations have already offered to sponsor and prepare a meal, according to Jan Johnson Ojinnaka of the Nobles County Housing and Community Needs committee. The first meal will be served either Jan. 17 or Jan.
WORTHINGTON -- With the end of the year just two weeks away, the budget for the Nobles-Rock Community Health Services is looking surprisingly better than previously expected. During its board meeting Wednesday afternoon in Worthington, NRCHS director Brad Meyer said the agency is at 95 percent of its budget for expenditures, while revenues are at 97 percent of the budget. "I am very pleased with how the budget is looking at this point ...
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners approved a 3.9 percent levy increase for 2009 and set the county's annual budget at $25,482,913 during its Tuesday morning meeting. The budget includes more than $1 million in program aid, which County Administrator Mel Ruppert said is in question considering the state's economic woes. A more immediate concern, however, is that the county may not receive its $580,000 allotment of County Program Aid from the state at the end of the year. Ruppert said Gov. Tim Pawlenty could decide to unallot the funds before Dec.
WORTHINGTON -- Darla DeKam of Worthington trudged through the snow and wind and cold for three days last week before finally discovering the first-ever hidden holiday ornament in the Magic of Christmas Medallion Hunt. DeKam pulled the small, painted wooden disk from a shrub shortly after 7 a.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners approved a 3.9 percent levy increase for 2009 and set the county's annual budget at $25,482,913 during its Tuesday morning meeting. The budget includes more than $1 million in program aid, which County Administrator Mel Ruppert said is in question considering the state's economic woes. More immediate, however, is the concern that the county may not receive its $580,000 end- of-the-year allotment of County Program Aid from the state. Ruppert said Gov. Tim Pawlenty could decide to unallot the funds before Dec.
WORTHINGTON -- Less than five months after a community ad hoc group was formed to address teen pregnancy in Worthington, the No Sex, Safe Sex Coalition has identified its mission and is preparing to seek funding for its cause. Spearheaded by Nobles-Rock Community Health Services, the coalition of 23 members includes representatives of Worthington School District 518, both the Avera and Sanford clinics, agencies that work with pregnant teens, law enforcement and community members. The mission of the No Sex, Safe Sex Coalition is to reduce the number of teen pregnancies by encouraging abstinen
WORTHINGTON -- In the last few months, Jon Bloemendaal has seen the bottom fall out of the recycling market in Murray County -- and it's a problem witnessed at recycling centers all across the country as the nation continues to experience economic woes. Bloemendaal, who manages Murray County's recycling program, said he's seen cardboard prices drop from $120 per ton in April to about $25 per ton today.
WORTHINGTON -- It is a rarity these days for someone to work in the same profession for more than 20 years, but Worthington resident Loren Goettsch has defied the odds. For the past 65 years, he has labored in road construction -- mostly driving a motor grader to smooth out township gravel roads and to prepare aggregate for blacktop or concrete surfaces. "Some of the streets (in Worthington), it's been the third time I've worked on them," he said. At age 82, Goettsch officially parked the motor grader this fall.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Courtney Scott isn't easily surprised. This, her boyfriend knows. But on a clear November day, it was Andrew Krogman who successfully pulled the wool over his girl's eyes and, in the end, she had an engagement ring on her finger. To this day, she doesn't remember if she put it there or if he did -- it's all kind of a blur. What they will remember for a lifetime, however, is the proposal. "I wanted to do something really special -- it took some thinking," said Krogman.
ELLSWORTH -- Firefighters from Ellsworth and Adrian combined efforts Wednesday night to battle a barn blaze on the Steve Hinrichs farm near Ellsworth. Nine horses and a dog were lost in the fire, including horses owned by other individuals, said Hinrichs on Thursday. The Ellsworth Fire Department was paged at 6:40 p.m.