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 -- On the first day of Minnesota's Winter Hazard Awareness Week Monday, a second winter weather advisory of the season had been posted for the southwest corner of the state. While most people experienced the season's first taste of driving on slippery, snow-covered roads late last week, Nobles County Emergency Management Director Dan Anderson said motorists should take certain steps to prepare for winter driving on Minnesota's highways and byways. Whether its making sure the vehicle's tires have enough tread for snow- or ice-covered roads or compiling a winter car survival kit, A
WORTHINGTON -- When the Minnesota legislature set aside $1 million to establish a Livestock Investment Grant program in the state earlier this year, lawmakers had no idea just how well received the program would become. Their goal was to provide a boost to animal agriculture in the state by awarding money to livestock producers planning upgrades to existing facilities, new construction or expansion projects. In all, nearly 600 applications were received, with grant requests totaling $11 million -- far more money than what was available. During the annual meeting of the Minnesota Agri-Growth
LUVERNE -- A question posed to voters in two communities and one township in the region proved that not everyone is ready to allow their local businesses to serve up a glass of wine or a mixed drink on Sundays. The Sunday liquor measure was defeated in Luverne and in Midway Township of Cottonwood County, while the voters of Lismore approved the measure by a margin of nearly 3-1. Pam Erdman, co-owner of the Lismore Bar & Grill was pleased with the 78 votes cast in favor of Sunday liquor in the community.
WORTHINGTON -- It was a night for the incumbents in the Nobles County races for Commissioner in District 2 and District 5, with Vern Leistico earning 1,096 votes to Lee McAllister's 868 votes in District 5; and Diane Thier taking District 2 with 1,067 votes to Daryl Behrends' 659 votes. Leistico, a first-term incumbent, said he was a "little leery" about Tuesday's outcome, but in the end, "I'm just very pleased that I won," he said. "I'm looking forward to serving another four years, and I appreciate and would like to thank everybody that did vote for me," Leistico said. In the District 2 C
SLAYTON -- Two Murray County barns made it a clean sweep in the first-ever Minnesota Barn of the Year contest sponsored by the Friends of Minnesota Barns. The awards were presented Oct. 25 at the Woodhill Country Club barn in Wayzata. Grand prize in the family-owned division went to Lee Leysen, who completely restored a barn he purchased and moved to Breezy Point at Lake Shetek in 1999. The barn was built in 1929 on the Holum Brothers farm. Taking first place in the group-owned division was Murray County, owners of the historic round barn on the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton.
WORTHINGTON -- Xcel Energy and enXco announced Friday plans to construct a 201-megawatt wind farm in Nobles County.
WORTHINGTON -- Xcel Energy and enXco announced Friday its plans to construct a 201-megawatt wind farm in Nobles County. The project will consist of 134, 1.5-megawatt General Electric wind turbines, which will produce enough power to serve approximately 66,500 homes. Friday's announcement by Xcel Energy coincides with a 150-megawatt project planned in Dickey and McIntosh counties in southeast North Dakota. For more on this story, see Saturday's edition of the Daily Globe or watch for the full story online at www.dglobe.com .
WORTHINGTON -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released updated design concepts for the planned four-lane expansion of Minnesota 60 from just north of Bigelow to Interstate 90 at Worthington. The new images, which can be viewed at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/hwy60/designconcepts.html , show the proposed narrow median between Nobles County 10 and Paul Avenue, the schematic for the Lake Street bypass, roundabouts at the intersection of Minnesota 60 and Oxford Street and at the east-bound acce
WORTHINGTON -- Jackson County Central FFA returned home from the 81st annual National FFA Convention over the weekend with two Top 10 placings in Career Development Events (CDEs), while a Mountain Lake FFA CDE team also garnered a Top 10 finish. JCC's meats evaluation team placed fifth of 38 teams in the nationwide contest, with team member Hilary Geesman earning 10th place individually to lead the squad. Geesman also earned a $500 scholarship.
WORTHINGTON -- While Nobles County actually gained population according to the last census, its neighbors to the west, north and east all lost population -- a trend that Dr. Bill Ammentorp believes will spread as concentration continues to widen in areas of the agricultural sector. Ammentorp, professor emeritus of the University of Minnesota, spoke to high school and college agricultural students, as well as agribusiness leaders, Wednesday at Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington.