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 -- In little more than a month, the Rock County Sheriff's Department will move from its century-old building in the center of town to a highly-efficient, state-of-the-art facility along North Blue Mound Avenue. On Friday, workers were busy painting and installing cabinetry in the $1.8 million Rock County Law Enforcement Center (LEC). Both the budget and the county's plans to be moved into the new facility by early- to mid-January are on schedule. Working in cramped quarters for several years already, Sheriff Mike Winkels said the department is eager to settle into the new LEC.
WORTHINGTON -- A vision of connecting a trail system between Prairie Elementary, Worthington Middle School and Minnesota West Community and Technical College received support from Nobles County Commissioners during Thursday morning's board meeting. Stephen Schnieder, director of Nobles County Public Works, told commissioners of plans to apply for a federal Safe Routes to School grant program.
IONA -- Seven weeks after the discovery of desecrated tombstones and statues at St. Columba Catholic Cemetery in rural Iona, some of the granite has been mended, and the wounds felt by church parishioners have begun to heal. While charges have not yet been filed against those responsible for knocking over 13 tombstones, breaking a sandstone angel statue and pushing a large granite cross to the ground, the Rev. Patrick Arens of St.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- "About 8 a.m. all hell broke loose, people started hollering, 'general quarters, general quarters,' and bombs started dropping." As he retells the events of that fateful day in infamy -- Dec. 7, 1941 -- Al Bertus Cory makes it sound as though his experience aboard the USS Tennessee, docked to Fox 6 in Battleship Row, could have taken place just a day or two ago. Yet, 65 years have passed since Japan carried out its surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to mark the beginning of the United States' involvement in World War II. At 7:55 a.m., Dec.
WORTHINGTON -- Farming today is much different from what it was a decade or two ago -- not just from the technology standpoint or even in the increasing number of confinement systems that dot the rural landscape -- but in the rules and regulations that dictate how, when and where livestock manure gets to where it is needed most. For nearly a year, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has required all livestock producers with more than 300 animal units to have a manure management plan in place.
WORTHINGTON -- The new seed catalogs haven't yet arrived in gardeners' mail boxes, but that matters little to the handful of immigrants who gathered Sunday afternoon in Worthington to make plans for their five-acre plot of land north of town. Antonio Colindres, the local leader for the New Immigrant Agriculture Project (NIAP) -- a program sponsored by the Minnesota Food Association that helps immigrants establish themselves in commercial food production -- called for the meeting to plan the group's garden next year and discuss implications they experienced in 2006, their first year in the pro
LUVERNE -- City workers were moving boxes out of one basement and into another Friday morning in Luverne -- just some of the progress being made to get City Hall moved into the former Luverne Community Hospital. While move-in day for city employees won't be for at least a couple of months, City Administrator John Call said plenty of progress is being made on the new location.
HARTLEY, Iowa -- Workers began moving dirt on a 110-million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant just outside of Hartley in O'Brien County, Iowa, on Monday. The plant, owned by VeraSun Energy Corp., is slated for completion in early 2008. Hartley was one of two northwest Iowa communities vying for the ethanol plant -- the other being Everly, a small community in neighboring Clay County -- said Paul Caudill, senior vice president of operations for VeraSun.
LUVERNE -- The community of Luverne will kick off the holiday season this weekend with its 10th annual Winterfest celebration. This year's Winterfest theme is "Christmas Past and Present," with events planned Friday through Sunday. The festival is sponsored by the Luverne Area Chamber of Commerce and Luverne Electric Utility. The main Winterfest event is the downtown Parade of Lights at 7 p.m. Saturday.
WORTHINGTON -- For the third time in a month, the county's 2006 budget for law enforcement became a point of contention between Nobles County Commissioners and the sheriff's department. In a special meeting Wednesday morning, commissioners again met with Sheriff Kent Wilkening to discuss expenditures in the department -- including the amount of overtime employees racked up in both the public safety and jail budgets between Jan. 1 and mid-November. During those 11 months, the county was billed $29,196.77 in overtime for patrol hours, court time and administration of the DARE program.