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 -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday offered their assistance to Emergency Management Director Dan Anderson in contacting township officials across the county to collect damage reports from rain and flooding that have occurred in the county since June 7. Anderson needs to collect initial damage estimates on township roads and in cities and have the information submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency by Friday. If the county does not meet the $64,787.52 threshold for damages, there is no reason to apply for funding.
WORTHINGTON -- The average valuation for residential property in Nobles County rose 9.21 percent, while agricultural land noted an 11.91 percent increase for 2008, according to Byron Swart, Nobles County Assessor. Swart appeared before the Nobles County Board of Appeal and Equalization Monday morning to present information on property valuations and to provide additional information on requests from nine property owners that the valuation be lowered on their residence. "Nationally, values are going down, but in Worthington, we have not seen that," Swart said.
FAIRMONT -- It isn't a perfect bill by any means, but Congressmen Tim Walz of Minnesota's 1st District and Collin Peterson of the 5th District say the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (also known as the Farm Bill) is "pretty good." Speaking before a crowd of more than 60 farmers and agribusiness people at the Red Rock Center for the Arts in downtown Fairmont Friday, the House Agriculture Committee freshman member Walz and committee chairman Peterson say there is much more work to be done. "This is not the end -- there are many, many things ahead of us," said Walz as he referenced re
WORTHINGTON -- With food and fuel costs taking a large bite out of the family budget, Nobles-Rock Community Health Services (NRCHS) has experienced an influx in the number of requests for assistance through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. During its monthly board meeting on Wednesday, NRCHS staff said increased demand has the agency looking at expanding hours, and possibly nurses, to address the issue. NRCHS Public Health Nurse Barb Navara said phone calls to the agency for WIC assistance are such that they are scheduling appointments up to 15 days out. "WIC hours need to exp
WORTHINGTON -- Less than a month after Nobles-Rock Community Health Services (NRCHS) reported an active case of tuberculosis in Nobles County, the number has jumped to seven, including five children younger than the age of 13.
RUSHMORE -- It could still be several days before farmers in a hard-hit area in central Nobles County learn whether their crops will bounce back from the rain, wind and hail that pelted their recently-emerged plants late last week. One local crop insurance agent said his adjusters wouldn't be out until later this week, at the earliest, to survey damage that stretches from rural Ellsworth in far southwest Nobles County, to north of Wilmont and across the county line into Murray County.
WORTHINGTON -- In the four years the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta has hosted its popular painted Adirondack chair auction, $10,850 has been collected and donated to charity. The Daily Globe, which organizes the chair auction, has selected the Worthington Area United Way as the recipient of this year's chair popularity contest and auction. "Every year we pick a charity," said Denise Erwin, Daily Globe circulation manager and artist for one of the 10 chairs to be auctioned.
When life throws you lemons, sometimes you just have to make lemonade. Tammy Buesing was thinking about that as she mixed up a batch of homemade lemonade with the children in her daycare on a warm afternoon last week in Slayton. Following her divorce in 2007, and then the loss of her job in January, Buesing needed to find a way to provide for herself and her family.
LUVERNE -- The owners of Luverne-based Rural Energy Marketing (REM) will go before the Vermillion, S.D., City Council later this month to tout their proposal to construct an estimated $80 million biodiesel plant about a mile west of town. Loren Forrest said he has had an option on a 290-acre site, located adjacent to the Burlington-Northern Rail line, for nearly two years. "It's a nice, flat piece of ground that you can run an oval track on real easily," said Forrest.
WORTHINGTON -- When members of the U.S. Windsurfing Association's (USWA) board of directors met last fall in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., one of their topics of discussion was developing a site for Olympic windsurfing hopefuls to train.