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 -- Luverne High School ag teacher Dennis Moritz has offered his classes over interactive TV (ITV) for nine years now, reaching out to communities who don't have agriculture departments or teachers to lead ag programming.
WINDOM -- While FFA chapters across the state do traditional activities like corn drives and fruit sales, sending members to judging contests and leadership trainings, the Windom High School FFA Chapter has taken a unique approach in its service to the community. A few years ago, when several area National Guardsmen were deployed to Iraq, the FFA chapter wanted to do their part to let soldiers know they were being supported back at home. As community packing parties began to organize in the community, the FFA chapter contacted the Minnesota Nice campaign, where it was given the name of a sol
WORTHINGTON -- Four years ago, there were more than 60 students enrolled in the freshman ag classes at Worthington High School. Today, the number of students who have maintained enrollment in the core agriculture program and still wear the blue and gold corduroy FFA jacket has dropped to 11. Students cite school requirements -- including that they take at least one math class each year -- as the reason why enrollment in ag classes has dropped.
WORTHINGTON -- A new Food and Drug Administration rule that takes effect in late April will likely lead to higher costs for beef and dairy producers and require them to clearly mark animals for rendering that are 30 months of age or older. The rule was established as a precaution against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), otherwise known as mad cow disease.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday tabled a request to hire a summer intern for the county's 4-H program, due in part to the expected shortfall in state aid funds. The summer intern typically works about 400 hours, from June 8 through Aug. 21, assisting with everything from day camps to the county fair, providing clerical support and helping with pre-fair judging events. "That extra person during fair is critical," said Worthington Regional Extension director Holli Arp.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday tabled a request to hire a summer intern for the county's 4-H program, due in part to the expected shortfall in state aid funds. Worthington Regional Extension director Holli Arp said the intern would work in the Nobles County Extension Office approximately 400 hours be-tween June 8 and Aug. 21. The job would include assisting with summer programming, from day camps to the county fair, having some clerical duties and helping with pre-fair judging events. "That extra person during fair is critical," Arp told board members.
LUVERNE -- The Rock County Hall of Fame features the names of World War II fighter pilot Quentin Aanenson, renowned wildlife and nature photographer Jim Brandenburg and broadcast journalist Cedric Adams. Now, members of the Rock County Historical Society are hoping to add another name to the list. The historical society hasn't opened nominations for the award since 2000, but with an all-school reunion planned for this summer in conjunction with the dedication of the Galleries at the Rock County Courthouse Square, members thought it was time for another induction ceremony. Ben VanderKooi is
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles-Rock Community Health Services board members received an update Wednesday afternoon from sanitarian Jason Kloss on the bedbug infestations found in several Worthington properties in recent weeks. Two of the properties are in the process of being treated, while a third has been treated and all of the mattresses and some furniture were disposed of. Kloss said treating the properties is labor-intensive for pest control specialists, adding that it's a lot of work and there aren't enough people to help. "It's a growing problem," he said of the bedbug issue.
LUVERNE -- The timing couldn't have been better for Hartquist Funeral Home's Engebretson Chapel in Luverne. After making a request more than a year ago, the funeral home has received, on loan, an authentic replica of President Abraham Lincoln's coffin. The coffin will be on display at the Hinkly House Museum in Luverne beginning Thursday, the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. The Hinkly House will be open from 2 to 6 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- The more than $800 billion economic stimulus package being worked out between members of the U.S. House and Senate this week includes nearly $100 billion for proposed infrastructure projects.