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 -- Nobles County Commissioners and Worthington City Council members gathered for a joint meeting early Monday morning to discuss the benefits and cost of a computer-aided dispatch program for city and county law enforcement. Worthington Director of Public Safety Mike Cumiskey said talks regarding the system have been ongoing for four years, and its need is growing increasingly evident. While the need was echoed by both city and county leaders Monday, the concern over funding the system -- at an estimated cost of nearly $700,000 -- was equally voiced. "I saw this," said Commissio
WORTHINGTON -- As a result of some reclassification, the number of active tuberculosis cases in Nobles County now stands at four, including two adults and two children under the age of 5, while the number of suspected cases has grown to nine. All of the cases have surfaced since April. According to Nobles-Rock Community Health Services, which is required to report both active and latent, or inactive, TB cases to the Minnesota Department of Health, the county sees just one TB case on average each year.
One by one they walked to the microphone, sat down and shared their death-defying experiences on a stretch of Minnesota 60 that not once, not twice, but three times changes from two-lane to four-lane traffic between Windom and St.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County commissioners adopted a resolution on Tuesday to continue providing public defense attorneys for Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) and Child in need of Protective Services (CHIPS) cases, despite action taken by the Minnesota State Legislature earlier this year to terminate the use of attorneys for such cases. Judge Jeffrey Flynn of the Fifth Judicial District appeared before commissioners on Tuesday to request funding, which could amount to $25,000 to $30,000 in 2009. Flynn said the state's decision to cut $3.8 million from the public defender budget this year
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a 3.2 beer permit applied for by Mike Potter of UFCW Local Union 1161 for a rodeo from 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 2 on the premises of Raul Godinez Vaquero, 14074 Read Ave. (in Section 30 of Graham Lakes Township). Robert Ramirez said the rodeo is hoped to become an annual event. It is being conducted by Ranch El Tapatia Rodeo. Several concerns were raised by commissioners regarding the application and event, and those were addressed in stipulations placed on the liquor license.
WORTHINGTON -- Scott Johnson, director of the Southwestern Mental Health Center, presented Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday with an update on plans for constructing a new facility on the former Central School property in Worthington. Johnson said the plans have been delayed, but the board is hopeful funding can be secured and construction will begin soon. As part of the agency's presentation, SWMH board member and Cottonwood County Commissioner Norm Holmen requested Nobles County commissioners consider a grant or low-interest loan of $250,000 to $500,000 toward the cost.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles-Rock Community Health Services hosted on Monday the first of two introductory meetings in Nobles County to address the high rate of teen pregnancy. A second meeting is slated for this evening, with invited guests ranging from healthcare professionals to leaders from church and civic organizations and representatives of the community. The premise of the meetings is to establish a core group of individuals who will work together to assess sex education efforts and build a program to encourage abstinence and safe sex options. Led by public health nurse Jane Feller and pub
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioner Diane Thier will face two opponents in her bid to seek reelection to the District 2 commissioner post this fall. Thier, who represents the cities of Adrian, Lismore and Wilmont, and the townships of Bloom, Larkin, Leota, Lismore, Olney, Seward, Westside and Wilmont, has served her district since 2001. Seeking to unseat Thier are Daryl Behrends of Wilmont and Frank V. Wieneke of rural Adrian. Because there are more than two candidates seeking the commissioner post, the race will appear on the primary ballot Sept.
WILMONT -- The John and Carolyn Penning family of rural Wilmont has been selected as the 2008 Nobles County Farm Family of the Year. They will join families from around the state for a recognition ceremony Aug. 7, at Farmfest in Redwood County. The Pennings have a long history in farming, John in Summit Lake Township where both his father and grandfather farmed, and Carolyn about eight miles to the north, near the small town of Iona.
WORTHINGTON -- It didn't take long for officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine that damages caused by early June rains in Nobles County were significant enough to warrant federal financial assistance. On Monday, representatives from FEMA will meet with officials from the 14 townships and two communities that reported damages as a result of flooding between June 7 and June 12.