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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One by one they walked to the microphone, sat down and shared their death-defying experiences on a stretch of Minnesota 60 that not once, not twice, but three times changes from two-lane to four-lane traffic between Windom and St.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County commissioners adopted a resolution on Tuesday to continue providing public defense attorneys for Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) and Child in need of Protective Services (CHIPS) cases, despite action taken by the Minnesota State Legislature earlier this year to terminate the use of attorneys for such cases. Judge Jeffrey Flynn of the Fifth Judicial District appeared before commissioners on Tuesday to request funding, which could amount to $25,000 to $30,000 in 2009. Flynn said the state's decision to cut $3.8 million from the public defender budget this year
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a 3.2 beer permit applied for by Mike Potter of UFCW Local Union 1161 for a rodeo from 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 2 on the premises of Raul Godinez Vaquero, 14074 Read Ave. (in Section 30 of Graham Lakes Township). Robert Ramirez said the rodeo is hoped to become an annual event. It is being conducted by Ranch El Tapatia Rodeo. Several concerns were raised by commissioners regarding the application and event, and those were addressed in stipulations placed on the liquor license.
WORTHINGTON -- Scott Johnson, director of the Southwestern Mental Health Center, presented Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday with an update on plans for constructing a new facility on the former Central School property in Worthington. Johnson said the plans have been delayed, but the board is hopeful funding can be secured and construction will begin soon. As part of the agency's presentation, SWMH board member and Cottonwood County Commissioner Norm Holmen requested Nobles County commissioners consider a grant or low-interest loan of $250,000 to $500,000 toward the cost.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles-Rock Community Health Services hosted on Monday the first of two introductory meetings in Nobles County to address the high rate of teen pregnancy. A second meeting is slated for this evening, with invited guests ranging from healthcare professionals to leaders from church and civic organizations and representatives of the community. The premise of the meetings is to establish a core group of individuals who will work together to assess sex education efforts and build a program to encourage abstinence and safe sex options. Led by public health nurse Jane Feller and pub
WORTHINGTON -- It didn't take long for officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine that damages caused by early June rains in Nobles County were significant enough to warrant federal financial assistance. On Monday, representatives from FEMA will meet with officials from the 14 townships and two communities that reported damages as a result of flooding between June 7 and June 12.
WILMONT -- The John and Carolyn Penning family of rural Wilmont has been selected as the 2008 Nobles County Farm Family of the Year. They will join families from around the state for a recognition ceremony Aug. 7, at Farmfest in Redwood County. The Pennings have a long history in farming, John in Summit Lake Township where both his father and grandfather farmed, and Carolyn about eight miles to the north, near the small town of Iona.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioner Diane Thier will face two opponents in her bid to seek reelection to the District 2 commissioner post this fall. Thier, who represents the cities of Adrian, Lismore and Wilmont, and the townships of Bloom, Larkin, Leota, Lismore, Olney, Seward, Westside and Wilmont, has served her district since 2001. Seeking to unseat Thier are Daryl Behrends of Wilmont and Frank V. Wieneke of rural Adrian. Because there are more than two candidates seeking the commissioner post, the race will appear on the primary ballot Sept.
WORTHINGTON -- While it may not have been the traditional exchange trip Nobles County 4-H'ers had intended, they made the most of their four days in western and central Pennsylvania recently. The trip was the culmination of nearly two years of planning that was to involve hosting 4-H'ers from Pennsylvania in 2007, and being hosted by that same group in 2008. But last summer, just two weeks before the Pennsylvania 4-H'ers were to arrive in Nobles County, they backed out.
BREWSTER -- From tractors and trains to clowns and magicians, Brewster Fun Days is sure to provide entertainment for people of all ages this Friday through Sunday. The annual community celebration kicks off Friday with food booths opening at 5 p.m. in the park shelter and the ninth annual kiddee pedal pull at 5:30 p.m. for children ages 4 to 11. The Little Mr. and Miss Brewster drawing will be at 6:45 p.m., and is open to children ages 4 to 10.