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 -- Eight months after her fourth-place finish in the U.S.Olympic Windsurfing trials in California, 20-yearold Lisa Kremer has returned to her hometown of Worthington and the waves of Lake Okabena to continue her training. Kremer, who first picked up a sailboard at age 13, said that while she may not be competing in the 2009 summer games, she's far from giving up on her dreams of Olympic competition. Two years into her studies at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, Kremer is pursuing a degree in nursing and, in the fall, will take on additional credits for a minor
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday tabled a motion to rescind their earlier decision regarding a second option on a 60-acre parcel owned by Elden and Janice Bartz. The property, located along Minnesota 60 north of Worthington, was made available to the county as a potential site for business development. In April, commissioners voted to take a second option on the property that would have them paying $7,500 to, in essence, have first rights to the land if someone came forth to develop it. "At one time, we really needed this," Commissioner Marv Zylstra said.
WORTHINGTON -- An entrepreneurial venture that began at Worthington High School three years ago is receiving a welcome boost thanks to a nearly $3,400 grant high school ag teacher Jeff Rogers and business teacher Gene Lais have garnered. The grant, awarded through the Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative's Center for Rural Entrepreneurship (CORE) program, will be used to expand the equipment in the high school's sign-making class.
WORTHINGTON -- Too often people look at a teenage girl who is pregnant and blame her ... as if all of the fault is on her shoulders. They might laugh or ridicule her. They may even think she is stupid for letting herself get pregnant. That last comment -- that's the one that bothers Sarah the most. Sarah, who agreed to an interview with the Daily Globe if a pseudonym was used, said she isn't stupid.
Editor's note: This is the third installment in a four-part series on teen pregnancy in Nobles County. WORTHINGTON -- With 20 teens in the Worthington School District walking to class this year with a baby bump or as a new mother, one has to wonder why there is such a surge in teen pregnancies. Do we blame educators, parents, clothing designers, television, music or the movies? Are students not getting the message about abstinence or the use of contraceptives?
WORTHINGTON -- Several property owners residing along Nobles County 5 southeast of Worthington spoke in opposition to a request for a conditional use permit during Wednesday night's meeting of the Nobles County Planning and Zoning Commission. The request, brought forth by H&S Bus Lines Inc., LLC was for a permit to operate a home-based bus and van storage and repair business at 26724 Read Ave. Business owners Hector Andrade and Samuel Solis have operated the storage and repair business for approximately two years, but moved it to their new site last November. Because the property is located
Editor's note: This is the second installment in a four-part series on teen pregnancy in Nobles County. WORTHINGTON -- In basketball, if a person commits five fouls, he or she is out of the game.
Editor's note: This is the first installment in a four-part series on teen pregnancy in Nobles County. WORTHINGTON -- While a walk down the halls of Worthington High School or Worthington Middle School may not reveal exactly how many teen students are pregnant, reports among health officials in the community put the number at nearly 20. District 518 school nurse Wendy Donkersloot said there are 14 couples in the local high school who are known to be expecting a baby, while another four became parents this school year.
ELLSWORTH -- While interior work and landscaping remain, members of the Ellsworth Fire and Rescue Department now have a new home for their fire trucks and rescue vehicle, thanks to generous community donations. Construction began last fall on a new six-bay fire hall on the southeast corner of town to house the department's fleet.
HARDWICK -- Nearly 200 people filled the street in front of the newly completed veterans memorial in Hardwick under sunny skies and a light breeze Monday afternoon to dedicate the community's monument to its military heroes. Crafted by Those Blasted Things in Luverne, the Hardwick Area Veterans Memorial recognizes 230 area men and women who stepped up to serve their country in the armed forces.