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 -- In honor of Earth Day today, the Retail Committee of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce is rolling out a new promotion -- canvas shopping bags. Maria Thier, owner of Lit'l Wizards in downtown Worthington and a member of the committee, said the group wanted to find a way to be more eco-friendly and reduce the number of plastic bags that blow around town and end up in places like Lake Okabena. Working in conjunction with the Lake Okabena Improvement Association, the retail committee designed and printed 1,000 canvas shopping bags, which will be available for purchase start
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County 4-H summer intern program will get funded after all, thanks to an unexpected donation from another county department. Sheriff Kent Wilkening went before Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday morning with a check in hand for $3,000 -- money given to the sheriff's department as a stipend for sending several staff members to a grant-funded training recently offered through the Southwest Mental Health Consortium. "Most of my employees were paid because it was part of their work day," said Wilkening, adding that the stipends were not anticipated as budget revenues f
BREWSTER -- In a 7-4 roll call vote, the Round Lake-Brewster School Board rejected the option of moving to a four-day school week during its Monday night meeting in Brewster.
DUNDEE -- Not long after the Dundee Municipal Liquor Store closed its doors last September, the owners of the Dundee Steakhouse down the street were eyeing the building as a possible new location for their growing business. It had everything they were looking for -- a dining area separate from the bar and ample space for both. "We didn't add on," said Sharlotte Rindfleisch, who owns and operates the bar and steakhouse with her husband, Randy.
WORTHINGTON -- If Jerry Ebbers ever wondered whether his employee on the kill floor at JBS had it easy as she fulfilled her obligations in the South Dakota National Guard and Reserve, he now knows that what she's doing to serve her country is far more challenging than any job she could be doing back here at home. Ebbers returned Wednesday night from a two-day trip to Fort Bliss, Texas, where he was treated like a soldier and experienced what life was like for his deployed employee, Sara Peterson. In the midst of her second military deployment, Peterson spent a year at Fort Bliss in 2002 and
WORTHINGTON -- A pillowcase waved slightly in the breeze as it hung from the blackened wood deck outside Sue Ellen Bone's second floor apartment Thursday afternoon.
ADRIAN -- Brett Springman laid motionless in the plowed corn field, several feet from where the car he was driving was smacked by a drunk driver. He had apparently flown through the windshield on impact and was unresponsive. "He's just faking it," blurted Brianna McCarthy.
WORTHINGTON -- With last week's discovery of Emerald Ash Borer on the east bank of the Mississippi River near Victory in southwest Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa officials are ramping up efforts to monitor ash trees and increase awareness about the spread of the tree-killing beetle. Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive insect with adults sporting a metallic-green color.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County's new Natural Resources Conservation Service District Conservationist has returned to her southwest Minnesota roots. Stephanie McLain grew up on a dairy farm outside of Leota and graduated from Southwest Christian High School in Edgerton. For the past six years she has worked with the NRCS, first as a soil conservationist with the federal conservation agency in Newport, Vt., before returning to the Midwest for NRCS posts in Watertown, S.D., and St.
WORTHINGTON -- When rebels ambushed Patrick Josiah and his father on Sept. 10, 1990, near their home in Liberia, it tore a family apart and forever changed the life of the then 20-year-old man. Josiah lost his father in that ambush -- he was shot and killed right before his eldest son's eyes.