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 -- Stepping over mounds of pepper plants, rows of lettuce and vines of squash, Antonio Colindres smiles as he looks around his field of dreams -- his land of opportunity. Once a corn, Mexican bean and rice farmer in his native El Salvador, Colindres left his agricultural roots behind when he left El Salvador in 1983 to find his American dream.
WORTHINGTON -- With more than 3,000 Minnesota National Guard soldiers anticipated to return home from active duty in Iraq next March, newly developed Veterans Resource Centers are cropping up on college campuses across the state to help citizen soldiers access their education benefits. Funded through a five-year, $600,000 annual appropriation by the state legislature, the Veterans Resource Centers will assist veterans in accessing their GI benefits.
WORTHINGTON -- Combines were rolling through bean fields in rural Worthington Tuesday afternoon as harvest slowly progressed across Minnesota. Although delayed by rains Friday and Saturday -- and with the potential for more rain showers today -- farmers logged a few hours of tractor time Tuesday. "Some beans were ready to go late last week, but the rains delayed things," said University of Minnesota Extension Crops Specialist Liz Stahl, of the Worthington Regional Extension Center. Stahl expected harvest to be in full swing by the weekend, barring excessive moisture. "It just has to dry do
WORTHINGTON -- It's that time of year again -- combines are ready to harvest yet another crop, wagons and trailers are on standby, and the hauling of manure will begin soon after this year's crop is in the bins. Before crop producers get caught up in the full swing of harvest, Nobles County Feedlot Officer Alan Langseth encourages those who plan to apply manure on harvested fields to call the county's environmental services office and request an odor exemption. A simple phone call can save time and, in some cases, the hassle of being subjected to Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) air
PIPESTONE -- Cattle producers from across southwest Minnesota are being asked to help the state regain its tuberculosis-free status. On Monday, officials from the state Board of Animal Health (BAH), U.S. Department of Agriculture and a local veterinarian were on hand in Pipestone to explain the process of a statewide testing campaign to start this fall. Minnesota lost its 1971-issued TB-free status on July 12, 2005, after a beef herd in Roseau County tested positive for bovine TB infection.
WORTHINGTON -- Members of the Nobles-Rock Community Health Services (NRCHS) Board on Wednesday approved a plan to eliminate home health care from the agency's offerings by Jan. 1, 2008. Notice to the agency's nine part-time home health aides was to be delivered Wednesday afternoon. During the next 15 months, NRCHS will work to reduce the number of home health staff by two full-time equivalent (FTE) positions.
WORTHINGTON -- Fifth-graders at Prairie Elementary spent a portion of their day Wednesday in an outdoor classroom, thanks to the Worthington FFA Chapter-sponsored Ag Day. Each year, FFA members bring in farm animals and samples of crops to teach the youngsters about agriculture production and the FFA.
WORTHINGTON -- In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Conservation Reserve Program, Jerry and Terese Perkins and their daughter, Julie Perkins-Lopez, were honored by the Nobles County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Tuesday morning. The Perkinses, of Worthington, were among the first families in Nobles County to enroll land in the conservation program 20 years ago -- land that remains, for the most part, in CRP today.
WORTHINGTON -- With attendance at many of the small-town senior citizen centers dwindling, representatives from the Nobles County Senior Concerns Committee (SCC) addressed financial issues with the county's board of commissioners Tuesday morning. RSVP program coordinator Joanne Bartosh joined Gerald Mulder in asking the county for assistance. "What the answer is we don't know," Bartosh said. "We felt as a committee we needed to come before you. Maybe you have some resources for us.
WORTHINGTON -- Two pigs purchased sight-unseen in April led a pair of Nobles County 4-H'ers to rack up an array of honors this summer -- including championship ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair. Ahnna and Joel Olson grew up on a family farm that specializes in swine production -- particularly show pigs and purebred breeding stock. But when the piglets born on their farm didn't arrive in time to fit in the 4-H and FFA show classes, the brother and sister had to look elsewhere. Through a friend of their father, Linden, the two purchased pigs from an auction in Plymouth, Neb.