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 -- Friday was a day of celebration in Luverne as city leaders and officials from Sioux Valley Regional Health Services and Minnesota West Community and Technical College made official a partnership to bring higher education to the community. With the former Luverne Community Hospital as a backdrop and a swift breeze blowing through a large canopy set up in the middle of East Luverne Street, Mayor Andy Steensma remarked that it was a good day for Luverne. Steensma reflected on the events of the past 12 months that led up to Friday, when the city, in partnership with Minnesota West and
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners set a preliminary, not-to-exceed levy of $8,493,818 for 2007 at a special board session Friday afternoon. The preliminary levy marks a budget increase of 7.42 percent over the county's 2006 operating budget. Commissioners can lower the levy before final adoption in December. County Administrator Mel Ruppert said an 8.6 percent growth in new construction throughout Nobles County within the last year helped keep the levy from being set higher.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- The Osceola County Sheriff's Department and parents in the county have a new tool when it comes to keeping their kids off drugs. Since Monday, the sheriff's office has offered free drug testing kits to parents to administer to their children as a way to help reduce drug addiction. Each kit consists of a plastic cup to hold a urine sample and a dipstick that identifies the presence or absence of drugs in an individual's system.
WORTHINGTON -- The most often asked question of Matt Widboom in recent weeks has been, "Why run for County Commissioner?" A third-generation farmer who resides north of Worthington, Widboom -- who with his wife, Teresa, has two sons, Riley, 2, and Wesley, 10 months -- said it's the next logical step in his span of public service.
BIGELOW -- With 14 years of service on the Nobles County Board of Commissioners, David Benson is seeking to maintain his District 3 board seat because he wants to continue working on some of the county's pivotal projects. Benson, a commissioner since 1992, grew up on the family farm in Ransom Township, west of Bigelow.
ADRIAN -- If there is one phrase students at Adrian Elementary School went home repeating Tuesday, it was, "Stay away to stay alive." Third- through fifth-graders in the school took part in Nobles County Farm Bureau's Farm Safety Day programming Tuesday morning, attending sessions on electricity, sun protection, gun safety, bicycle safety, farm implement safety and animal safety. "We're coming into a very busy time with fall harvest," said Allen Wolf, a farmer from rural Adrian who demonstrated safety around farm equipment and lawn mowers. Wolf urged students to stay away from moving farm i
WINDOM -- Everyone knows that oil and water don't mix, but what most may not realize is that sediment and nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen also don't mix well with water -- especially when it comes to maintaining a healthy lake. Members of the Heron Lake Watershed District (HLWD) hosted a public forum Monday night to discuss water quality in the Heron Lake watershed, particularly in Heron Lake and the tributaries carrying water into it -- Okabena Creek, Jack Creek and the Heron Lake Outlet.
WORTHINGTON -- The sweet smell of fresh-picked fruit wafts through the apple store at Ocheda Orchard south of Worthington these days, with bushels and pecks of red and green apples tempting the taste buds of apple aficionados around the region. While earlier varieties of apples have been available at the orchard for weeks now, the season's peak harvest is expected to begin next week, according to Ocheda Orchard's owner, Chuck Nystrom. "We've got a big crop," said Nystrom of the fruit hanging from the nearly 7,000 apple trees on the 35-acre farm just south of Lake Ocheda on Nobles County 5.
WORTHINGTON -- Denice Woller combined her love for photography with her fascination with things abandoned, whether it's an old farm house or a rusted rake, to create this month's exhibit at the Nobles County Art Center in Worthington. An opening reception to view her works will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the center, 407 12th St. The exhibit, "Over Time," features three specific themes: "Left Behind," "Transition" and "Moving On." Woller grew up on a farm in rural Colome, S.D., and said it was her upbringing that led her to a career in photography.
LUVERNE -- The shell of the house is up, the siding, shingles and soffit are on, and volunteers are ready and waiting to begin work on the interior of Luverne's newest Habitat for Humanity house. Malissa Bentley and her four children, Andria, Ashlyn, Kally and Dane, are anxious for the volunteer labor to begin. The sooner they get done, the sooner the family can move into their new home. Construction on the home, located at 511 E. Warren St., began the second week of June.