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 -- A Nobles County resident who works in Pipestone County is being treated for an active case of tuberculosis, but area residents shouldn't be too worried about contracting the disease. In 2007, Minnesota reported 238 cases of active TB, with 85 percent of those cases in people who were born outside the U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- Members of the Worthington City Council spent more than an hour Friday listening to architects discuss pool options for the outdoor component of a planned city-YMCA venture. Andy Johnson, the Worthington Area YMCA's executive director, was joined by Victor Pechaty with BKV Group of Minneapolis and Tom Schaffer, aquatics consultant with USAquatics of Delano, to present information on the facility, which will be constructed on the Minnesota West Community and Technical College campus.
WORTHINGTON -- Bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing and steer wrestling will be among the featured events at a two-day rodeo planned for this summer's Nobles County Fair. The Nobles County Fair Association (NCFA) and Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Committee have teamed up to seek sponsors for the event, slated for Aug. 8-9. The shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. and are expected to last about 2½ hours each night. NCFA board member Chad Cummings said Grand River Rodeo Co., based in Grand River, Iowa, will offer nine different rodeo events each night.
LUVERNE -- Nobles-Rock Community Health Services will become the second public health agency in the state to offer an outreach program to the elderly and disabled that will, essentially, check to make sure the individuals are OK each morning. NRCHS administrator Brad Meyer introduced the "Your Public Health Neighbor" program to board members at their Wednesday afternoon meeting in Luverne.
WORTHINGTON -- Mothers from throughout the area may have celebrated their special day last Sunday, but they will get an encore day of honor this Sunday, as the Nobles County Community Action (NCCA) hosts its annual Dia de las Madres celebration. Dia de las Madres, or Mothers Day, is celebrated each year on May 10 in Mexican cultures. For the past three years, the celebration in Worthington has been moved to the weekend after the official day to allow mothers to spend time with their families on Mothers Day. The event in Worthington will be from 2 to 6 p.m.
BREWSTER -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed legislation on Monday to increase Minnesota's biodiesel requirement from 2 percent to 20 percent by 2015. The measure was part of a larger bill that also included added benefits for veterans and their families. Authored by Sen. Jim Vickerman, DFL-Tracy, and Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar, the measure is praised by those in Minnesota's soybean industry.
OKABENA -- She may not fit the stereotypes often placed on FFA members ...
WORTHINGTON -- New, long-overdue federal farm legislation overcame a major hurdle Thursday when it was approved by both the House and Senate conference committees. The $300 billion farm bill is expected to head to the full House and Senate as early as Wednesday. During a conference call with Minnesota reporters early Thursday afternoon, Republican Sen.
WORTHINGTON -- It has been a topic of discussion for the Worthington City Council for several years, but the message to more than 150 seniors gathered for a Spring Fling Thursday was that the process to find a new location for a senior citizen center in the community continues. "We're back to trying to find a location," Mike Woll told the group of Nobles County seniors gathered over lunch at Worthington's American Reformed Church. Woll was joined by fellow aldermen Lyle Ten Haken and Bob Petrich in a noon forum to highlight local issues.
WINDOM -- A San Francisco, Calif.-based company working to get landowners to sign lease agreements for potential wind development has some local leaders concerned that people won't take a good enough look before they leap. With seemingly too-good-to-be-true promises of $40,000 per year payments to landowners if a wind turbine is erected on their property, and requests for 25-year -- and up to 99-year -- lease agreements, Cottonwood County Commissioner Gary Sorenson is one of several skeptics. Sorenson, who attended an informational meeting hosted by Central States Wind Farms, a Gold Pact Pow