Julie Buntjer joined the 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 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 farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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ADRIAN -- Brett Springman laid motionless in the plowed corn field, several feet from where the car he was driving was smacked by a drunk driver. He had apparently flown through the windshield on impact and was unresponsive. "He's just faking it," blurted Brianna McCarthy.
WORTHINGTON -- With last week's discovery of Emerald Ash Borer on the east bank of the Mississippi River near Victory in southwest Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa officials are ramping up efforts to monitor ash trees and increase awareness about the spread of the tree-killing beetle. Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive insect with adults sporting a metallic-green color.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County's new Natural Resources Conservation Service District Conservationist has returned to her southwest Minnesota roots. Stephanie McLain grew up on a dairy farm outside of Leota and graduated from Southwest Christian High School in Edgerton. For the past six years she has worked with the NRCS, first as a soil conservationist with the federal conservation agency in Newport, Vt., before returning to the Midwest for NRCS posts in Watertown, S.D., and St.
WORTHINGTON -- When rebels ambushed Patrick Josiah and his father on Sept. 10, 1990, near their home in Liberia, it tore a family apart and forever changed the life of the then 20-year-old man. Josiah lost his father in that ambush -- he was shot and killed right before his eldest son's eyes.
BREWSTER -- The entire facility covers 1.5 acres under roof, was constructed with 7,500 sheets of plywood, 12,000 pounds of nails and nearly a million pounds of rebar, and stands on 5,700 cubic yards of concrete. New Vision Cooperative's new, 45,000-ton capacity fertilizer plant on the southwest edge of Brewster cost more than $10.5 million to build and will serve crop producers in the tri-state region.
WORTHINGTON -- Just as the tuberculosis outbreak in Nobles County is seemingly winding down, Public Health Nurse Barb Navara is now investigating a new case of TB in Nobles County. Navara reported the new case to the Nobles-Rock Community Health Services Board on Wednesday afternoon. "It seems to be clustered right in this one little area of town," said Navara of the new investigation. "The guy was in the hospital for two weeks and has (no job and) no insurance.
WORTHINGTON -- On a three-two vote, Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday morning rejected the request to hire a 4-H Summer Intern this year, saving the county approximately $3,600. Before commissioners made their decision, Regional Extension director Holli Arp spoke of work being done within Extension to establish a Green Team, a group of 4-H youth leaders willing to volunteer their time to help with 4-H programming during the summer months. "This is something where we could have the 4-H program coordinators develop a team that could go from county to county to help with multiple fairs," A
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Sibley-Ocheyedan High School senior and FFA Chapter president Jacob Fox will be seeking a new title at the 2009 Iowa FFA Leadership Conference next week in Des Moines. The Ashton teen is vying for the post of Northwest District FFA Vice President, a role that leads to District FFA President and Iowa FFA Vice President. Fox has been preparing for a position as a state officer ever since he was a freshman in the local chapter. "When I joined as a freshman, I didn't really know what to expect," he said. "Then I fell in love with the organization.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- More than 300 FFA members, parents and guests attended the 2009 Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Banquet April 3, at the Sibley-Ocheyedan High School. Iowa's 4th largest FFA chapter awards ceremony was kicked off with FFA President Jacob Fox entering the stage on a motorcycle to call the special meeting to order.
SLAYTON -- Correctly spelling the words "beneficial" and "temporarily" netted Murray County Central student Heidi Bau the championship trophy Saturday morning during the annual Southwest Minnesota Spelling Bee in Slayton. Bau started the day with 55 other fifth- and sixth-grade students from schools throughout the region in a 35-word written spelling contest.