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 -- What weighs 50 to 100 pounds at birth, usually learns to walk within 15 or 20 minutes after it's born and gets its ears pierced by the time it's a day or two old? The answer to all of those questions would be Little Red, a Holstein calf who took her first off-the-farm ride Wednesday when she visited Worthington's Prairie Elementary to help teach third-graders about the dairy industry and the importance of consuming milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products. DiDi Christopherson and her mom, Carol, will return to the school today for the second installment of the Nobles Coun
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners, in a 3-2 margin, approved a prosecution services contract with the City of Worthington during their board meeting on Tuesday. The new contract, which has the city paying 25 percent of the county attorney office budget, will begin Jan. 1, 2009 and continue for three years.
WORTHINGTON -- A large crowd of property owners, business people and city and county government leaders gathered at an open house Tuesday afternoon in Worthington to get their first look at the proposed redesign and four-lane expansion project of Minnesota 60. Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) staff from District 7 were on hand at the Nobles County Government Center to explain the construction project, which is slated to begin in 2010 north of Bigelow, and continue through 2013, when the project reaches Interstate 90 and the existing four-lane highway there. Large maps rolled ou
WORTHINGTON -- A Nobles County resident who works in Pipestone County is being treated for an active case of tuberculosis, but area residents shouldn't be too worried about contracting the disease. In 2007, Minnesota reported 238 cases of active TB, with 85 percent of those cases in people who were born outside the U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- Members of the Worthington City Council spent more than an hour Friday listening to architects discuss pool options for the outdoor component of a planned city-YMCA venture. Andy Johnson, the Worthington Area YMCA's executive director, was joined by Victor Pechaty with BKV Group of Minneapolis and Tom Schaffer, aquatics consultant with USAquatics of Delano, to present information on the facility, which will be constructed on the Minnesota West Community and Technical College campus.
WORTHINGTON -- Bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing and steer wrestling will be among the featured events at a two-day rodeo planned for this summer's Nobles County Fair. The Nobles County Fair Association (NCFA) and Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Committee have teamed up to seek sponsors for the event, slated for Aug. 8-9. The shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. and are expected to last about 2½ hours each night. NCFA board member Chad Cummings said Grand River Rodeo Co., based in Grand River, Iowa, will offer nine different rodeo events each night.
LUVERNE -- Nobles-Rock Community Health Services will become the second public health agency in the state to offer an outreach program to the elderly and disabled that will, essentially, check to make sure the individuals are OK each morning. NRCHS administrator Brad Meyer introduced the "Your Public Health Neighbor" program to board members at their Wednesday afternoon meeting in Luverne.
WORTHINGTON -- Mothers from throughout the area may have celebrated their special day last Sunday, but they will get an encore day of honor this Sunday, as the Nobles County Community Action (NCCA) hosts its annual Dia de las Madres celebration. Dia de las Madres, or Mothers Day, is celebrated each year on May 10 in Mexican cultures. For the past three years, the celebration in Worthington has been moved to the weekend after the official day to allow mothers to spend time with their families on Mothers Day. The event in Worthington will be from 2 to 6 p.m.
BREWSTER -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed legislation on Monday to increase Minnesota's biodiesel requirement from 2 percent to 20 percent by 2015. The measure was part of a larger bill that also included added benefits for veterans and their families. Authored by Sen. Jim Vickerman, DFL-Tracy, and Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar, the measure is praised by those in Minnesota's soybean industry.
OKABENA -- She may not fit the stereotypes often placed on FFA members ...