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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ADRIAN -- Diane Thier was just 7 years old when her mother died, leaving her dad to raise three daughters on a grocer's salary in Sisseton, S.D. By the time she became a teenager, her dad had been transferred from his post at a store in Huron, S.D., to the National Foods store in Adrian. Culture shock set in for the girls, who were accustomed to living in, what seemed to them, a much larger community in Huron. Yet, like the many moves they had made before, the girls learned to adapt. For Diane, it meant settling into the eighth grade at St. Adrian School.
PIPESTONE -- Duty. Honor. Country. Those words once uttered by Gen. Douglas MacArthur could double as the motto for the Robert Douty family of Pipestone. The patriarch spent more than eight years in active duty and another two decades in the National Guard. While he never fought in a war -- his active duty status came at the end of Vietnam -- Robert Douty instilled a sense of pride in his sons, a pride that carried over into each of their decisions to enlist in the National Guard.
LUVERNE -- She has fondly been referred to as the Smoke Nazi, has a no-smoking sign tattooed on her upper arm and -- for residents in Nobles and Rock counties -- is the woman who led a local campaign to pass a state-wide smoking ban in indoor public spaces including bars and restaurants. As a health educator for Nobles-Rock Community Health Services, one might think Paula Anderson's quest against tobacco is something she has to do. After all, her job is to educate people -- from children to teens, adults and seniors -- to make healthy decisions.
RUSHMORE -- Is it the 4-H program that makes the fair, or does the fair build interest in 4-H? It's kind of like asking what came first -- the chicken or the egg. A look at those who serve as directors of the Nobles County Fair Association (NCFA) will reveal that a majority have a long-standing relationship with the 4-H program. Lynn Darling, president of the nine-member board, was in Nobles County 4-H as soon as he was old enough to join. Born in Iowa, he moved to Nobles County with his family when he was just 2 years old.
READING -- The Reading Community Players are at it again with their boisterous actions and laugh-out-loud hysterics with this year's dinner theater production, "The One That Got Away." In their ninth year, the players have chosen yet another comedy penned by Eddie McPherson, writer of the famed "Virgil's Wedding" and others, to entertain crowds in weekend performances to kick off next Friday night at the Reading Community Center. Karen Feit, one of four individuals to have a part in all eight of the group's past productions, took time out from a hectic practice schedule earlier this week to
WORTHINGTON -- From growing algae and switchgrass to converting livestock manure and food processing waste into compost, researchers are doing what they can to improve America's energy independence. That was the message during a two-hour session on renewables Thursday afternoon at the fourth annual Bioscience Conference in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- Following the second public hearing in as many weeks regarding zoning of the one-half mile area surrounding Worthington's city limits, Nobles County Planning & Zoning commissioners approved the new land use and zoning maps and ordinance Wednesday night. The ordinance and maps will now go before the Nobles County Board of Commissioners on April 8 for final approval. Wayne Smith, director of Nobles County Environmental Services, presented newly altered maps during Wednesday night's meeting -- changes made since public comment was given at the March 12 meeting.
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WORTHINGTON -- Several years after a Parents Forever class was first offered in Nobles County, the program is returning with the intent of being offered biannually. The curriculum was originally designed for parents who are going through a divorce, although it is open now to parents who have never married who are dealing with custodial issues.
WORTHINGTON -- The fourth annual Bioscience Conference is just days away in Worthington, and speakers for the two-day event are putting the final touches on their presentations. The Thursday-Friday conference promises some of the most intriguing people and informative subjects in the bioscience arena -- and the premise that Worthington and the tri-state region can position itself for future growth and development in the industry. The conference will take place in the Fine Arts building on the Minnesota West Community and Technical College campus in Worthington.