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 Dakota Chamber Orchestra, with special guest David Bixler, will jazz things up during a 2 p.m. performance at Luverne's historic Palace Theatre on Sunday. A veteran New York jazz player, Bixler will join the group of 18 to 25 musicians on the Palace stage to present what is being dubbed as a classical concert with a jazz twist.
WORTHINGTON -- When rural Worthington farmer Ron Luitjens was contacted several months ago about selling a portion of his land to the Union Pacific Railroad, he was told they wanted to construct a switchyard north of town to handle the increasing number of rail cars using the line. What he wasn't told, however, was that in selling the railroad six acres, they would seek permanent closure of the Town Avenue rail crossing. Permanent closure will force Luitjens and other farmers to travel three or four miles out of the way when moving farm implements and hauling grain. "I farm both sides of Hi
MINNEAPOLIS -- Anytime there's change, implications seem destined to follow. Such is the case in the pork industry, where the animal's main feedstuff, corn, is being sold at a premium to ethanol plants and converted into fuel.
MINNEAPOLIS -- With the price of corn continuing to climb closer to $4 per bushel, the buzz among poultry and livestock producers is just how much longer they can continue to pour their golden kernels into the feed trough instead of the ethanol plant. Brian Buhr, professor of applied economics at the University of Minnesota, told attendees at Minnesota Pork Congress on Wednesday that pork production needs to drop about 8 to 10 percent to allow producers to recapture the extra money they are spending on feed. A drop in production doesn't necessarily mean fewer pork producers, although that ma
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Fourteen non-profit groups from throughout Osceola County will be on the receiving end of nearly $46,100 in grants Thursday night during a ceremony hosted by the Community Foundation of Osceola County (CFOC). This is the second year CFOC has disbursed grant dollars, thanks to Iowa legislation that allows its non-gambling counties to collect up to .5 percent of the state's gross gambling receipts. The money comes with the stipulation that counties award at least 75 percent of the funds to local charitable organizations.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- With more space needed in the community's industrial park and a lack of land for residential development, Sibley's new city administrator has his work cut out for him. S.L. Martin began his new role at Sibley's City Hall on Jan. 2, more than four months after the position was vacated by the previous administrator, Dan Zulkosky.
WORTHINGTON -- When Lori Lanphere Kruger learned Wednesday night that Minnesota National Guard soldiers now serving in Iraq won't be coming home in early April as expected, she had the difficult task of notifying the families of soldiers deployed through the B-Battery of the 1-125th, Jackson-Fairmont units. What she hadn't counted on, however, was spilling the news to her husband, Scott, a sergeant first class stationed with his unit at CSC Scania, Iraq. Kruger, Family Readiness Group coordinator for the southwest Minnesota National Guard unit, received an e-mail from the Adjutant General th
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Minnesota's 7th District Congressman and newly elected chair of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee Collin Peterson told a standing-room only audience Monday afternoon that the 2007 Farm Bill will look much like the one passed in 2002, with the exception of some "tweaking" -- particularly in the areas of disaster assistance and renewable energy. Peterson led an hourlong session during the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual meeting at the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Major issues in agriculture, from biofuels and renewable energy to animal agriculture and the 2007 Farm Bill, are being discussed during the 88th annual American Farm Bureau Federation convention that continues through Wednesday.
LUVERNE -- Within the past 10 months, Loren Forrest and son Russell -- and their Rural Energy Marketing business on the outskirts of Luverne -- have come full circle. Last March, the pair was in the midst of signing contracts with farmers to purchase corn stalks and chaff for a proposed corn stover refinery. By June, they were testing a variety of crops that have the potential to produce as much, if not more, fuel per acre than corn.