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 -- One person was laying carpet on the stairs, another was painting the entryway and several construction workers were finishing up the last of the projects inside the former Rock County Law Enforcement Center Wednesday morning in preparation for the opening of the new Brandenburg Gallery and Luverne Area Chamber of Commerce later this month. For more than a year, contractors have worked to gut the entire four-floor interior of the building for the creation of gallery space for renowned nature photographer Jim Brandenburg, as well as display space for historical exhibits of Rock Count
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday received an update on the proposed construction of a recreational trail extending from Whiskey Ditch at Oxford Street west to Crailsheim Drive and south to the Olson Park campground. Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder said that both the county and the City of Worthington applied for federal enhancement funding, and both entities were approved for funding in 2012.
WORTHINGTON -- Despite a request from Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening and Jail Administrator Monette Berkevich to table a three-year labor agreement between the county and Teamsters Local 320 (the union for the jailors), Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the agreement. Wilkening and Berkevich cited concerns with specific language in the contract pertaining to leave and vacation time for jail employees.
WORTHINGTON -- When Minnesota's legislative session opens today, senators and representatives will have the daunting task of balancing a budget that, in early December, showed a nearly $5 billion shortfall. That budget is on the minds of area legislators, who fear some of their interests may suffer as the axe starts to swing in St. Paul. District 22A Rep. Doug Magnus, R-Slayton, said the budget is an "overwhelming factor" for legislators, and it's only going to get worse before it gets better. "The governor needs to submit a budget to the legislature by early February," said Magnus.
JACKSON -- Only once during his 30-year career in the Army Reserves has Robert O'Connor been deployed to an area outside the United States. That is about to change. The Jackson County Attorney received mobilization orders that will take him to Iraq within a few months for what will be his longest deployment. His scheduled June 1 retirement has been pushed back indefinitely. O'Connor, who has risen to the ranks of colonel in the Army Reserves, now works as a civil affairs officer.
WORTHINGTON -- Despite what national media outlets are saying about home sales across the country, local realtors are seeing continued strength in the market. In the first 11 months of 2008, there were 124 home sales within the city of Worthington, according to Byron Swart, Nobles County Assessor.
WORTHINGTON -- While crop prices were on a roller-coaster ride in 2008, the price paid for agricultural land in the region is somewhere between a slight incline or a leveling off, depending on who you talk to in the business. According to Nobles County Assessor Byron Swart, more ag land traded hands this year than in recent memory, with 24 sales recorded from January through September alone.
WORTHINGTON -- Despite what national media outlets are saying about home sales across the country, local realtors are seeing continued strength in the market. In the first 11 months of 2008, there were 124 home sales within the city of Worthington, according to Byron Swart, Nobles County Assessor. That compares to 164 homes sold within the community during the same time period in 2007.
WORTHINGTON -- With 27 licensed family child care providers in the city of Worthington, 26 of which accept infants, new and expecting parents are still finding it difficult to find placement for their little bundle of joy. According to Karen DeBoer, director of the Southwest Child Care Resource and Referral program at the Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council, the first six months of 2009 show just one infant opening per month among the community's licensed providers.
WORTHINGTON -- Christmas arrived a little early for members of the Worthington Fire Department Tuesday night, when the 14-year-old ladder truck they purchased for their fleet rolled into town. The truck, originally owned by a department in New York State, arrived from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus in Union Grove, Ala., after being refurbished. The local fire department had been saving up for the purchase for nearly 30 years, with all of the $316,000 price tag covered by its equipment revolving fund.