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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WORTHINGTON -- A week into his new job as Nobles County's Veterans Service Officer, Bill "Brock" Brockberg has already visited with several of the county's veterans regarding their benefits. The Pipestone native, who now resides in Slayton, said he is looking forward to meeting many more of the county's estimated 2,600 veterans during the coming months. Brockberg brings with him to the county post a wealth of experience in veteran affairs. He enlisted in the Army in 1982 after graduating from Bemidji State University in communications and doing a brief stint in radio broadcasting.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County commissioners were notified Tuesday that the Worthington RSVP office will move out of its 11th Street office by March 1. The decision to cancel the lease follows a year-long agency reorganization that began when the former director left, said Commissioner Vern Leistico, who serves as county representation on the RSVP joint powers board. Since the director left, the Southwest Regional Development Commission has provided administration duties on contract. RSVP has leased the building for more than 20 years downtown.
WORTHINGTON -- Counties across the state are mandated to provide public health services to its residents -- services that include inspection of food, beverage and lodging facilities, pre-natal and post-partum home visits, health education, and in the event of a disease outbreak or other health emergency, resources to conduct a mass dispensing clinic. The ability to provide those services takes adequate and qualified staff and financial support -- a message that members of Nobles-Rock Community Health Services (NRCHS) want to relay to the public. During last week's NRCHS board meeting, agency
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Worthington High School graduate Latwain Potter was awarded the military's Purple Heart during a special ceremony last week at Fort Bragg, N.C. Potter is a member of the 82nd Airborne, 1-508 parachute infantry regiment. Recuperating at the military base since he was injured in a mine explosion in southern Afghanistan in early July, Potter was one of six men to receive the honor on Nov. 7. "I feel real honored," said Potter by telephone from Fort Bragg.
WORTHINGTON -- Head lice is apparently making the rounds again in area schools, and parents are encouraged to check their children for signs of the contagious critters. The local public health agency has received reports of cases in two schools in Nobles County.
WORTHINGTON -- A Thursday afternoon meeting in Worthington brought together two of the community's largest employers, representatives from several housing and finance agencies and political leaders -- all to address the critical shortage of housing in not only Worthington, but also in southwest Minnesota. Organized by the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership and several state legislators along the I-90 corridor, the group heard difficulties employers face because of a lack of affordable housing, discussed funding mechanisms to address housing needs and shared ideas on how the city, agencie
LUVERNE -- With the elimination of its home care program and continued restructuring efforts, members of the Nobles-Rock Community Health Services staff are showing concern for the future of their jobs and the public health agency. Agency director Brad Meyer reported to the NRCHS board on Wednesday that morale is low among staff, and with the resignation of another public health nurse this month, it continues to decline. "The staff don't trust me, they don't trust the health board or the county commissioners," Meyer told board members.
CHANDLER -- With wind whipping corn husks across roadways and forcing people to hang onto their hats, it seemed fitting weather for the dedication of Minnesota's largest wind farm and wind power transmission line Tuesday afternoon near Chandler. Fenton Wind Project, with its 137 wind turbines in Murray and Nobles counties expected to generate up to 205 megawatts of electricity, will join other area wind farms in delivering an estimated 825 megawatts of power to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for distribution across the state.
WORTHINGTON -- Before Minnesota's Freedom to Breathe law -- banning smoking in indoor public spaces -- took effect Oct.
Editor's note: This is the final installment in a three-part series identifying housing concerns and how they are being addressed in southwest Minnesota. WORTHINGTON -- Rick Goodemann and his staff at Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership know just how challenging it is for those looking for rental properties or affordable housing in the region.