Julie Buntjer joined the 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 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 farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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BINGHAM LAKE -- In a little more than three months, Chelsey Fast of rural Bingham Lake will get to sit inside a rotating booth at the Minnesota State Fair while her likeness is carved into a large block of butter. Fast was among 90 young Minnesota women to take part in a dairy promotion training in St. Joseph over the weekend. As part of the event, 66 of them competed to become one of 12 Princess Kay of the Milky Way finalists.
WORTHINGTON -- On Sunday afternoon, Becky Clausen of Dundee was installed as the first female president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3282 at the Eagles Club in Worthington. With the installation, she becomes just the second woman in the state to attain the highest rank of leadership at the local level. Up until three years ago, Aerie membership was open to men only, while women were eligible to join the Eagles Auxiliary. In Worthington, about 150 women are members of the Eagles Auxiliary, compared to the nearly 200 members in the Aerie.
WORTHINGTON -- With the aid of a translator, Sudan native Abella Omot said her journey to America in 1996 was due largely to her husband. He had sponsored her to come to America, where he had been working to earn the money to get her and their son out of a Kenyan refugee camp. The family had been living at the refugee camp after fleeing their homeland.
WORTHINGTON -- They stood with their guns holstered and their eyes and ears protected as one by one, their classmates fired at a cardboard figure less than 10 feet away. It was the culmination of a day-long class that, when completed, would earn them a Minnesota permit to carry certificate -- a piece of paper required for anyone wanting to obtain a law enforcement-issued permit to carry a handgun.
SLAYTON -- Law enforcement officers and county commissioners from nearly all nine counties in District 8 met with Minnesota's Commissioner of Public Safety Michael Campion in Slayton Thursday afternoon to discuss potential collaboration on regional dispatch in southwest Minnesota. The meeting, organized by Rock County Administrator Kyle Oldre, was to explain the process of reducing the number of Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) or joint dispatch sites around the state.
LUVERNE -- Rock County Administrator Kyle Oldre updated members of the Nobles-Rock Community Health Services board Wednesday on discussions in the Association of Minnesota County's Eighth District regarding the potential for counties to collaborate on services. Public health was among the Top 5 agencies district representatives identified as a potential for multi-county collaboration. "Rock County is going to be discussing, at one point, public health," said Oldre, adding that the same discussion will take place in Nobles County.
WORTHINGTON -- While no official decision could be made during a special work session Monday morning, Nobles County Commissioners appeared to agree on one thing -- to take the next step in the quest for improved library services in Worthington. The work session followed a regularly scheduled board meeting last Tuesday, during which George Lawson, hired to conduct a needs assessment on the Nobles County Library and Information Center, gave a detailed report on the library's growing pains and its inability to adequately serve consumers. Before Monday's discussion even started, Commissioner Ver
WORTHINGTON -- Whether you're looking to be informed or entertained, the annual Nobles County Spring Fling for Seniors promises to offer a fun day for the area's retirement-age and retired residents. This year's event begins with 8 a.m. registration Thursday at American Reformed Church, 1720 N.
WORTHINGTON -- If attendance at the public forums were any indication, people throughout the area are no longer concerned about the threat of the H1N1 novel influenza virus. Nobles-Rock Community Health Services Administrator Brad Meyer said just one person attended the public forums conducted Wednesday night in Worthington and Thursday night in Luverne -- and he wasn't too optimistic about attendance at Friday night's repeat forum in Worthington. The public interest in H1N1 is waning, and health agencies have shifted gears slightly as it appears the outbreak is on the decline. "We think th
WORTHINGTON -- With anywhere from one to two inches dousing the Worthington area in the last couple of days, area crop producers are at a standstill. Tractors and planters are parked and, with the weather forecast calling for more rain today, it could be a while before farmers get back to their job of getting this year's corn and soybean crops in the field. Ron Obermoller of rural Brewster said planting has been going slow in his area. "We got a couple inches of rain in the last two days," Obermoller said.