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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LUVERNE -- One by one they came into the ring -- some bold, some timid -- looking around at the auction barn filled with bidders.
By julie buntjer Daily Globe WILMONT -- Four area National Guard soldiers have been inducted into the Honorary Order of St. Barbara for their service in field artillery, while three of their spouses are new inductees into the Honorary Order of Molly Pitcher. MAJ Dave Haugom of Luverne, SFC Robert Newman of Wilmont, 1SG Brock Thielbar of Hardwick and CPT Don Kramer of Ellsworth were among fewer than 20 soldiers to be inducted during a ceremony Feb. 23 in Anoka. Molly Pitcher inductees recognized that evening were Julie Haugom, Gina Newman and Jody Kramer. The Honorary Order of St.
LUVERNE -- Minnesota has gained national notoriety in the arena of renewable energy with its ethanol and biodiesel mandates and continued expansion in wind energy. Now the state -- and particularly the 11-turbine wind farm known as Minwind Energy in Rock County -- will make another stride in the push for renewables. Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy, which purchases power generated from the 11-megawatt wind farm, will begin testing a wind-to-battery project this summer at Minwind's site near Beaver Creek. It will be the first use of the technology in the United States for direct wind energy sto
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners have opted to reconsider a decision they made in late February regarding termination of an agreement with the City of Worthington for prosecution services. The agreement, established in 2003, states the county will provide criminal prosecution and legal services for the city. At its Feb. 20 meeting, county commissioners moved to terminate the agreement, effective Feb. 28, 2009, because of staffing shortages in the county attorney's office.
WORTHINGTON -- Before Bill Gordon and his classmates in the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) program embarked on a 10-day study trip to South Africa earlier this month, he had a few expectations. He expected to see extreme poverty. He expected to see starving children. What he saw instead were people thirsting for knowledge and hungry for opportunity. Gordon, a rural Brewster farmer, traveled with the 32-member MARL Class IV and two leaders to Cape Town, South Africa, on Feb. 15. The journey took them to nearly a dozen farms, the U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County is faced with a shortage of people willing to become foster parents, and that may impact where children are placed in the future. Nobles County Family Service Agency social worker Elizabeth Hoekstra said seven children were placed into foster care within the last two weeks. They joined 11 other children already placed in foster homes in Nobles County. "Our foster families are now being strained," said Hoekstra of the county's seven licensed foster homes.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Transforming learners into leaders is the goal of a new program unveiled at Sibley-Ocheyedan High School's agricultural department Thursday morning. Representatives from the National FFA Association, Smithfield Foods and its hog production subsidiary, Murphy-Brown, met with sophomore members of the Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA in the high school's agriculture department to launch the pilot project. The chapter is among six selected from northwest Iowa to participate.
WORTHINGTON -- Members of the Lao community could soon have the stability of a permanent location for their temple after the Nobles County Planning & Zoning Commission granted a permanent conditional use permit to the group Wednesday night. The approved resolution will be presented to Nobles County Commissioners March 18 for final approval. The Lao Temple, located in the northwest quarter of Section 16, Worthington Township, has operated at the site since 2003.
WORTHINGTON -- When the Minnesota House succeeded Monday in overriding Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto of the $6.6 billion state transportation package, many southwest Minnesota residents viewed it as a victory for rural roads. Never mind that already high gas prices -- at more than $3 per gallon -- will be compounded by a 5-cent gas tax in coming months, or that license tab fees and vehicle taxes will also be increased.
WORTHINGTON -- When it comes to writing the new farm bill, action in Washington, D.C., isn't just changing by the day, or even by the hour, but seemingly by the minute -- and that may be a good sign for crop and livestock producers, conservation programs and welfare agencies. Those groups stand to lose if a new farm bill isn't signed into law by the March 15 deadline and farm policy reverts to 1949 law. Legislators have spent more than a year working on a farm bill, but with both the House and Senate bills far apart -- and a threatened veto from President Bush if either bill, as currently wr