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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LUVERNE -- The City of Luverne is eagerly anticipating completion of a $1 million renovation and expansion project on the community's fire hall. The project is expected to be finished by mid-December and includes the addition of four double-length stalls for response vehicles and remodeling of the existing training room, kitchen and restrooms. "I think everybody's pretty happy about it," said City Administrator John Call.
WORTHINGTON -- It's called the silent killer because people can't see it, they can't smell it, and they can't taste it. Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of poisoning deaths in the nation, killing more than 500 people each year, according to Minnesota Poison Control (MPC). In Minnesota, the number of deaths resulting from carbon monoxide poisoning are hoped to be on the decline. During its 2006 session, the Minnesota legislature passed a law requiring carbon monoxide alarms be placed in all newly constructed homes built after Jan. 1, 2007.
LUVERNE -- The Blue Mound Area Theater (BMAT) board and the City of Luverne are $100,000 closer to achieving the "100 year fix" of the historic Palace Theater in downtown Luverne. Before the Luverne City Council Tuesday night, BMAT chair Ben VanderKooi announced the Palace Theater is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS).
WORTHINGTON -- Signs marking a construction area have hung in the stairwells on the Second Street side of the Nobles County Government Center for months, and they will likely remain for several more months. During a Tuesday morning work session, County Administrator Mel Ruppert took commissioners on a tour of some of the problem areas of the aging building. With the exception of some sealant work completed about a decade ago, Ruppert said no major improvements have been made to the Government Center since its completion in the mid-1970s. In the two stairwells, wallpaper was peeled away mont
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Sibley is one step closer to getting a city administrator after the City Council approved an employment agreement at its Monday night meeting. Sibley City Clerk Dianne Gruis said following the meeting that the city's choice for administrator is expected to sign the contract, which will be mailed to him today. Stephen (S.L.) Martin has verbally agreed to the city's offer to take on the administrative role effective Jan. 1, 2007.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Renewable fuels, livestock regulations and education funding were among the topics addressed over coffee and cookies Monday evening with Dist. 3 Sen. David Johnson, R-Ocheyedan, and Dist. 5 Rep.
WORTHINGTON -- Good things come to those who wait -- at least that's what Curt Fast of Mountain Lake believes after bagging an 11-point buck by 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Though the second weekend of slug season continues for deer hunters through Tuesday, Fast was quick on the draw to get the nearly 300-pound deer with one arrow on private ground he hunts in the Mountain Lake area. "That was my first day out in about two weeks," said Fast, who shot the buck from a homemade deer stand.
WORTHINGTON -- Candles were extinguished and another set lit as a new crop of junior leaders took the oath of office Saturday night during Nobles County's annual 4-H Achievement Banquet. Leading the 4-H Federation for the upcoming year will be Timothy Bents, president; Jessica Weitgenant, vice president, Stephanie Lubben, second vice president, Heidi Enninga, secretary, Sarah Jacobs, first vice secretary and Erica Springman, second vice secretary. The 4-H Achievement Banquet each year recognizes members who have excelled in project record books, leadership, citizenship and overall achievemen
WORTHINGTON -- "Today is a time to remember our grandparents, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters and friends who put on a uniform and marched off to defend our country," announced Cindy Brunk to a gymnasium filled with students, veterans and community members Friday morning at Worthington High School. SK2 Brunk (Store Keeper, 2nd Class), a member of the U.S. Navy, returned to her rural Brewster home this summer after a six-month stint at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.
WORTHINGTON -- Karen Pfeifer, chair of the Nobles-Rock Public Health Services (NRPHS) board, said staff is "beyond ready" for the agency's newly hired administrator to begin duties in about three weeks. Brad Meyer was hired by Sioux Valley-Visiting Nurses Association (SV-VNA), the agency that provides management services for NRPHS. He will begin his duties in Worthington Dec.