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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ELLSWORTH -- Twice a week, for an hour each time, a group of women gather in the community room of Oakwood Apartments in Ellsworth to share laughs, stories and exercises through a program spreading across Minnesota and around the country. Bone Builders, an osteoporosis exercise program administered by RSVP, began in Nobles County with the Ellsworth women in August and has since spread to Reading.
WORTHINGTON -- With better-than-expected yields and a decent price for their crop, farmers in southwest Minnesota have good reason to be pleased with this year's harvest. Despite yields that averaged about 10 to 15 percent less than the record-breaking, bin-busting harvest of a year ago, soybeans still averaged from 40 to 75 bushels per acre and corn came in anywhere from 120 to 220 bushels an acre.
WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota 7th District Rep.
OKABENA -- A quartet of girls from Southwest Star Concept (SSC) High School in Okabena returned from the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., Sunday with one of the best finishes by a Minnesota FFA chapter this year. Alexandra Diemer, Sarah Frodermann, Anna Kalfs and Michelle Olsem came in just behind a team from North Carolina to take second place in the national nursery and landscape career development event (CDE) Friday. Three of the girls placed in the top 10 individually -- Diemer in fifth place, Kalfs in seventh and Olsem in eighth -- while Frodermann placed 21st.
RUSHMORE -- Obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout is no small task, but one Travis Ailts has dreamed of for years. That dream became a reality Oct. 12, when Ailts learned he would earn the top rank attainable in the Boy Scouts. Yet this fall, he will be honored in an official ceremony before his family, friends and fellow scouts. Ailts, a junior at Worthington High School and member of Boy Scouts Troop 134, spent the past 15 months compiling names and completing a veterans memorial sign for the community of Rushmore.
LUVERNE -- Last Memorial Day, Warren Herried II returned to his hometown of Luverne to deliver a veteran's address and announce plans to fund a Rock County Veterans Memorial. Now, just five months later, Herried's idea for the memorial has been transformed into a professional architect's drawing, and the campaign is under way to sell paver stones honoring the men and women of Rock County who served their country.
WORTHINGTON -- When Minnesota voters go to the polls in little more than a week, they will decide on more than just Republicans versus Democrats versus Independents. The future of Minnesota's road and transit system hinges on the passage of a constitutional amendment on this year's ballot that calls for 100 percent of motor vehicle sales tax (MVST) dollars to be designated for transportation projects.
WORTHINGTON -- Most people equate Minnesota with the land of 10,000 lakes or having snow on the ground for roughly half a year, but the state is generating a buzz around the world for a few other reasons -- ethanol, bio-diesel and wind energy. Marcus Keller, investment development director in North America for the Australian government, was in southwest Minnesota this week to learn about the cooperative system of producing renewable energy.
IONA -- Thirteen tombstones, including one listed on an historic registry, and several wooden crosses were destroyed by vandals in St. Columba Catholic Cemetery of Iona, located in south central Murray County. It is believed the damage was caused sometime during the weekend. A member of St.
WINDOM -- After completing a year and a half of college, Windom native Kelly Caviness took a break from her studies in February to experience the outdoors as a crew member for the Minnesota Conservation Corps. Now, with just a couple of months left on her service contract with MCC's Young Adult Program, Caviness said the experience she's gained has been invaluable. Caviness was one of four corps members stationed at the Department of Natural Resources office in Windom this year.