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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OKABENA -- A quartet of girls from Southwest Star Concept (SSC) High School in Okabena returned from the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., Sunday with one of the best finishes by a Minnesota FFA chapter this year. Alexandra Diemer, Sarah Frodermann, Anna Kalfs and Michelle Olsem came in just behind a team from North Carolina to take second place in the national nursery and landscape career development event (CDE) Friday. Three of the girls placed in the top 10 individually -- Diemer in fifth place, Kalfs in seventh and Olsem in eighth -- while Frodermann placed 21st.
LUVERNE -- Last Memorial Day, Warren Herried II returned to his hometown of Luverne to deliver a veteran's address and announce plans to fund a Rock County Veterans Memorial. Now, just five months later, Herried's idea for the memorial has been transformed into a professional architect's drawing, and the campaign is under way to sell paver stones honoring the men and women of Rock County who served their country.
WORTHINGTON -- When Minnesota voters go to the polls in little more than a week, they will decide on more than just Republicans versus Democrats versus Independents. The future of Minnesota's road and transit system hinges on the passage of a constitutional amendment on this year's ballot that calls for 100 percent of motor vehicle sales tax (MVST) dollars to be designated for transportation projects.
WORTHINGTON -- Most people equate Minnesota with the land of 10,000 lakes or having snow on the ground for roughly half a year, but the state is generating a buzz around the world for a few other reasons -- ethanol, bio-diesel and wind energy. Marcus Keller, investment development director in North America for the Australian government, was in southwest Minnesota this week to learn about the cooperative system of producing renewable energy.
WINDOM -- After completing a year and a half of college, Windom native Kelly Caviness took a break from her studies in February to experience the outdoors as a crew member for the Minnesota Conservation Corps. Now, with just a couple of months left on her service contract with MCC's Young Adult Program, Caviness said the experience she's gained has been invaluable. Caviness was one of four corps members stationed at the Department of Natural Resources office in Windom this year.
IONA -- Thirteen tombstones, including one listed on an historic registry, and several wooden crosses were destroyed by vandals in St. Columba Catholic Cemetery of Iona, located in south central Murray County. It is believed the damage was caused sometime during the weekend. A member of St.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to be the lead county in Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water's efforts to issue $3.57 million in GO Revenue Bonds for the extension of the Lewis and Clark water pipeline project. Nine counties will benefit from the Lewis and Clark project in Minnesota, but LPRW CEO Dennis Healy said Nobles County was asked to take the lead on issuing the bonds because it is the greatest benefactor. The bonds must be issued and the finances secured for the pipeline project by May 1, 2007.
BINGHAM LAKE -- Ethanol plants, a biodiesel refinery and a large-scale wind farm were visited by District 22B representative candidate Richard Peterson Monday as he touted renewable energy in rural Minnesota. With about a half dozen constituents in tow, Peterson reiterated his support for value-added agricultural commodities at PJ's II in Bingham Lake prior to an afternoon tour that included stops at Ethanol 2000 in Bingham Lake, a Cenex station in Windom that sells E-85, Trimont Area Wind Farm, Heron Lake Bio-Energy and Minnesota Soybean Processors of Brewster. A 24-year member of the Jacks
LUVERNE -- One day before the 2006 state pheasant opener, individuals from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Fisheries and Pheasants Forever dedicated a 64-acre parcel on the east side of Luverne as a Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The dedication had been nearly two years in the making, the result of a Luverne native's wish to see her family's name remembered in the community she has much love for. "I would like something to remain in Luverne of the Stephen family that wasn't out in the cemetery," said Margaret (Stephen) Keen, who now resides in Edmonds, Wash.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- The Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Chapter will represent northwest Iowa and the entire state at the National FFA Convention later this month in Indianapolis, Ind. In early September, the chapter learned it was selected as one of 10 finalists for the national Model of Innovation award. The honor recognizes chapters from across the nation that have implemented "unique and innovative ideas and activities." Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA had been selected one of Iowa's top three FFA Chapters earlier this year. During the National FFA Convention, Oct.