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 -- Firefighters and weather spotters were called out throughout Rock and Nobles counties in Minnesota and Lyon and Osceola counties in Iowa Thursday night for the first severe weather of the season. A tornado watch had been issued early Thursday evening, stretching to 11 p.m., with most of the warnings in the four-county area issued between 7 and 8:30 p.m. Lyon County, Iowa, took the brunt of the storm, as Sheriff Blythe Bloemendaal said multiple tornadoes touched down during the 7 o'clock hour. "If I had to guess, if the sightings are accurate, we had four tornadoes," Bloemenda
PIPESTONE -- Habitat for Humanity volunteers will break ground at 10 a.m. Saturday on a new home in Pipestone for Samantha Brady and her three children. The Brady family was selected from more than half a dozen applications for the house, which is the sixth to be constructed by Southwestern Minnesota Habitat for Humanity. The chapter encompasses Pipestone, Rock and Nobles counties. This is the second house to be constructed in Pipestone. Marie Ekdom, administrative assistant for the chapter, said the home will be built at 702 Third Ave.
WORTHINGTON -- While Dean and Carol Christopherson of rural Worthington were raising their five daughters -- representing the fourth generation in the family dairying business -- they weren't sure any of the girls would want to come back and milk cows for a living. One by one, Cynda, Amy, Kelly and Eir left home for college, careers and families ... and then there was DiDi. She grew up the youngest of the five girls, following in her sisters' footsteps as a heavily involved 4-H member and then Nobles County Dairy Princess. She loved the farm, her cats, the cows and calves.
WORTHINGTON -- It does snow in late April -- even in early May, for that matter -- but for those of us who have endured a seemingly endless winter, it's time for spring to, well, spring. That sentiment rings especially true for farmers, who await cooperation from Mother Nature to provide a series of long days filled with sunshine. The weekly crop-weather report issued by the Minnesota Field Office of the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service on Monday showed just 1 percent of total corn acreage in the state had been planted, and only 3 percent of corn ground was ready for seed as o
SIBLEY, Iowa -- A challenge issued by the Osceola County Board of Supervisors more than a year ago has landed the Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Chapter in the spotlight not once, but twice. The FFA chapter and high school junior Amber Vander Veen, in particular, earned first place in the economic development division of the Iowa FFA Community Development Recognition program. The award was presented at the State FFA Convention April 15 in Ames. The award is in recognition of the work Vander Veen and a handful of her fellow FFA members did in developing a "Discover Osceola County" brochure.
LUVERNE -- Doug Bos, assistant director of the Rock County Land Management Office, is the recipient of one of 16 National Recovery Champion awards from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The award was presented to Bos by USFWS Region 3 Director Robyn Thorson during the Rock County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday. The Recovery Champion awards recognize outstanding contributions made toward recovering threatened and endangered species across the U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- After collecting information on the failed video visitation system at the Nobles County Jail at two separate meetings in the last month, commissioners unanimously approved a $30,465 contract with Renovo Software Tuesday morning to get a new system installed. Sheriff Kent Wilkening said the contract calls for the creation of seven video visitation stations -- down from the 16 stations that were installed when the Prairie Justice Center was built.
WORTHINGTON -- Students in Jody Heitkamp's fourth-grade class at Prairie Elementary excitedly showed off a tiny flower Monday afternoon that was emerging from seeds planted just one week ago. The flowers -- there are six different varieties -- will eventually be planted in a soon-to-be-developed butterfly garden in front of the windows of the school library. The project was made possible with funding from the Partners for Fish and Wildlife, including the U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- While people living in the Midwest don't have to worry about hurricanes or tsunamis, there are plenty of other weather-related events that can wreak havoc on farms and communities and the people who live there. Today marks the beginning of Severe Weather Awareness Week, and Nobles County is kicking it off with its annual Skywarn Weather Spotter training class at 7 p.m. today in the Fine Arts Theater of Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington.
BREWSTER -- Dressed in orange robes, a trio of Buddhist monks sat on rugs inside the Brewster American Legion Saturday evening to lead the Sou-Khouane ceremony -- a blessing for happiness and good health -- as the kickoff to the Lao New Year celebration. Traditional Lao custom is to celebrate the new year on the 13th, 14th and 15th day of April, and 2008 marks the Year of the Rat.