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 -- The high cost of feed and continued low poultry prices will result in the loss of 44 jobs at Gold'n Plump Poultry's facility in Luverne in early February. The jobs, all part of the company's second shift, have been in place since Gold'n Plump opened the further-process and package facility in Luverne in December 1998. Julie Berling, director of marketing communications at Gold'n Plump's headquarters in St. Cloud, said employees at the Luverne facility were notified of the shift elimination on Tuesday.
WORTHINGTON -- After recent comments made by Nobles County Commissioners on the assessment of mental health needs and development of a "mental health campus" in Worthington, members of Southwestern Mental Health (SWMH) Center's board of directors requested a joint meeting Wednesday night for a face-to-face discussion. Marlene Trageser, board chair and layperson representing Pipestone County, said the meeting was necessary to address concerns over the steps taken toward building a new facility in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- Just more than a week into his new job as director of Nobles-Rock Community Health Services, Brad Meyer is growing familiar with the services offered by the agency and getting to know the staff. Meyer, a native of Cherokee, Iowa, began his duties with NRCHS Dec. 4, filling a position that had been vacant for nearly two years. He will oversee nearly 30 employees who work between the Worthington and Luverne offices. Prior to his move to Worthington in late November, Meyer worked as the primary care clinic director for Public Health Care Inc., of Des Moines.
PIPESTONE -- The Pipestone County Museum will host an open house reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday to debut its new exhibit: "Piece by Piece: A Sampler of Pipestone County Quilts." The exhibit includes eight full-size quilts along with quilt blocks, a crazy quilt pillow, and an unfinished crazy quilt -- all donated to the museum for preservation and display.
WORTHINGTON -- City, county and school leaders shed light on how property taxes are used locally Tuesday night during a combined Truth in Taxation hearing. Few members of the public, however, bothered to attend. Those who did, like Ransom Township resident Rosemary Heideman, had real concerns about the rise in property taxes for those who own farm land. Heideman said seniors are getting taxed out of their homes, adding that her property taxes rose $300 last year alone. "Taxes have gone up, I think, a lot higher than it has in the city," she added.
WORTHINGTON -- Six months after a new Minnesota law went into effect requiring individuals to pay for disposal of electronic equipment, Nobles County Environmental Officer Mark Koster hasn't seen an increase in the number of illegally-disposed-of items recovered from roadside ditches.
LUVERNE -- In little more than a month, the Rock County Sheriff's Department will move from its century-old building in the center of town to a highly-efficient, state-of-the-art facility along North Blue Mound Avenue. On Friday, workers were busy painting and installing cabinetry in the $1.8 million Rock County Law Enforcement Center (LEC). Both the budget and the county's plans to be moved into the new facility by early- to mid-January are on schedule. Working in cramped quarters for several years already, Sheriff Mike Winkels said the department is eager to settle into the new LEC.
WORTHINGTON -- A vision of connecting a trail system between Prairie Elementary, Worthington Middle School and Minnesota West Community and Technical College received support from Nobles County Commissioners during Thursday morning's board meeting. Stephen Schnieder, director of Nobles County Public Works, told commissioners of plans to apply for a federal Safe Routes to School grant program.
IONA -- Seven weeks after the discovery of desecrated tombstones and statues at St. Columba Catholic Cemetery in rural Iona, some of the granite has been mended, and the wounds felt by church parishioners have begun to heal. While charges have not yet been filed against those responsible for knocking over 13 tombstones, breaking a sandstone angel statue and pushing a large granite cross to the ground, the Rev. Patrick Arens of St.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- "About 8 a.m. all hell broke loose, people started hollering, 'general quarters, general quarters,' and bombs started dropping." As he retells the events of that fateful day in infamy -- Dec. 7, 1941 -- Al Bertus Cory makes it sound as though his experience aboard the USS Tennessee, docked to Fox 6 in Battleship Row, could have taken place just a day or two ago. Yet, 65 years have passed since Japan carried out its surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to mark the beginning of the United States' involvement in World War II. At 7:55 a.m., Dec.