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 -- They may be called prairie potholes, sloughs or waterways, and they dot the Minnesota landscape like black spots cover a Dalmation. Still, Minnesota's Wetlands Conservation Act (WCA) is reporting net losses of wetlands across the state, and agencies want to either stop those losses or change the WCA, legislation which has already been amended eight times since it was enacted in 1991. More than 45 organizations --from the Sierra Club to the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC), Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Army Corp
WORTHINGTON -- While snowmobile enthusiasts may not appreciate the brown grass and mild temperatures many Midwesterners have enjoyed of late, the weather has been ideal for those working in road construction -- particularly on the Highway 60 expansion project in Iowa. Mike Kruger, Cherokee-based resident construction engineer with the Iowa Department of Transportation, said recent weather has more than made up for rain delays encountered earlier this spring. "Overall, we had a pretty wet spring, at least on the Sibley bypass trying to get the grading process started," said Kruger.
WORTHINGTON -- On a 3-2 vote, Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved support for a grant application seeking $30,000 from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to join in the 2007 Burn Barrel Reduction Campaign. The grant is being applied for by the 12-county Southwest Regional Solid Waste Commission and would require a $3,000 in-kind match from Nobles County for education programming. Mark Koster, an environmental services officer with Nobles County, said the grant money will be used to educate the public and attempt to change public perception on the use of burn barrels, c
WORTHINGTON -- Exposure to second-hand smoke creates more than just the annoyance of bad odors. The 4,000 chemicals and more than 50 cancer-causing agents it contains are proven to cause heart and lung cancer in non-smoking adults. It is also blamed for countless ear infections, bronchitis and approximately 8,000 new cases of asthma among children, and one million asthmatics with intensified attacks each year. Recent independent polling conducted in Rock, Cottonwood and Jackson counties shows more and more people understand the dangers of second-hand smoke.
LUVERNE -- The City of Luverne is eagerly anticipating completion of a $1 million renovation and expansion project on the community's fire hall. The project is expected to be finished by mid-December and includes the addition of four double-length stalls for response vehicles and remodeling of the existing training room, kitchen and restrooms. "I think everybody's pretty happy about it," said City Administrator John Call.
WORTHINGTON -- It's called the silent killer because people can't see it, they can't smell it, and they can't taste it. Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of poisoning deaths in the nation, killing more than 500 people each year, according to Minnesota Poison Control (MPC). In Minnesota, the number of deaths resulting from carbon monoxide poisoning are hoped to be on the decline. During its 2006 session, the Minnesota legislature passed a law requiring carbon monoxide alarms be placed in all newly constructed homes built after Jan. 1, 2007.
LUVERNE -- The Blue Mound Area Theater (BMAT) board and the City of Luverne are $100,000 closer to achieving the "100 year fix" of the historic Palace Theater in downtown Luverne. Before the Luverne City Council Tuesday night, BMAT chair Ben VanderKooi announced the Palace Theater is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS).
WORTHINGTON -- Signs marking a construction area have hung in the stairwells on the Second Street side of the Nobles County Government Center for months, and they will likely remain for several more months. During a Tuesday morning work session, County Administrator Mel Ruppert took commissioners on a tour of some of the problem areas of the aging building. With the exception of some sealant work completed about a decade ago, Ruppert said no major improvements have been made to the Government Center since its completion in the mid-1970s. In the two stairwells, wallpaper was peeled away mont
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Renewable fuels, livestock regulations and education funding were among the topics addressed over coffee and cookies Monday evening with Dist. 3 Sen. David Johnson, R-Ocheyedan, and Dist. 5 Rep.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Sibley is one step closer to getting a city administrator after the City Council approved an employment agreement at its Monday night meeting. Sibley City Clerk Dianne Gruis said following the meeting that the city's choice for administrator is expected to sign the contract, which will be mailed to him today. Stephen (S.L.) Martin has verbally agreed to the city's offer to take on the administrative role effective Jan. 1, 2007.