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 -- Loren and Judy Stevens, owners of Stevens Llama-Tique south of Worthington, took issue with Minnesota Department of Transportation officials over the proposed relocation of their driveway during an open house Tuesday afternoon in Worthington. Armed with maps dating back to November 2007 showing their driveway access wouldn't change, the Stevenses are not pleased with the latest MnDOT drawings that show their driveway will be routed directly through their llama pasture to the south of their home. The relocation allows for a crossover intersection aligned with U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- With time running out for The Achievement Center (TAC) in Worthington, Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday decided to pursue a possible takeover of the program. TAC's contract with MRCI expires on Feb. 28, 2009, and despite the Nobles County Developmental Achievement Center's proposal to manage the program, its application has not been accepted by the Minnesota Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS), according to Nobles County Administrator Mel Ruppert. "The facility will be closed Feb. 28 if a solution is not found," Ruppert told commissioners.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday authorized bid specifications for the proposed third-floor renovation of the Nobles County Government Center. Steve Robinson of SEH (Short Elliott Hendrickson) presented an estimate of $232,000 Tuesday for demolition and renovation of the third floor, which will result in swapping space between the Nobles-Rock Community Health Services and Nobles County Administration offices. Moving the administration offices adjacent to the commissioners' board room will allow for an additional exit to be created.
LUVERNE -- A lighted parade down Main Street Saturday night is the highlight of the 12th annual Winterfest celebration in Luverne this weekend. Winterfest marks the start of the holiday season, with a wide variety of events planned Friday through Sunday in the community, from a 5K run to a craft show, festival of trees and a flurry of downtown activities. New this year is Breakfast with the Bison, which will kick-off the weekend's festivities at 10 a.m. Friday. The event, also at 10 a.m.
EDGERTON -- In today's age of digital cameras and home computers, people can build up quite a stash of images that they never get around to printing, much less putting into photo albums or scrapbooks. Who has the time to transfer all of those photos into keepsakes like scrapbooks and memory boxes? A rural Edgerton woman does. Julie VanderPol left a full-time job in engineering a few years ago to become a full-time mom.
RUSHMORE -- "Hee-yaw ... hee-yaw ... get a move on ..." Their voices carried across a field of soybean stubble under the afternoon sun Friday as they rounded up a herd of cattle in Ransom Township, south of Rushmore, for what would be a nearly six-mile-long cattle drive down lesser travelled gravel roads in southern Nobles County. Family, friends and neighbors of Randy Rockman gathered for the annual old-fashioned cattle drive, using a combination of horses, four-wheelers and shouts to move the Rockmans' 250 head of Black Angus cattle from one field of corn stubble to another.
WORTHINGTON -- Matt and Teresa Widboom of rural Worthington will represent Minnesota in the Farm Bureau's Excellence in Agriculture contest at the National Farm Bureau Association's annual convention in San Antonio, Texas, in January. The Widbooms earned the trip after being named state winners during the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation's annual meeting a week ago in Minneapolis. The Excellence in Agriculture is one of three contests sponsored by the Farm Bureau's Young Farmer and Rancher (YF&R) program, and is open to individuals ages 35 and younger.
WORTHINGTON -- It can happen in the blink of an eye -- a slip on a patch of ice, a misstep or a wobble creates a loss of balance and the next thing you know, you've landed on the ground. When you're a kid, a slip or a tumble can make you the laughing stock of your peers, but when you're older, it's no laughing matter. Since receiving a $2,000 grant earlier this year from the Minnesota Falls Prevention Initiative (MFPI), the Nobles County Senior Concerns Committee has focused its efforts on educating the public about the dangers of falling, as well as providing tips on how to prevent falls.
WORTHINGTON -- Thanks to a partnership between the city, its largest employer and regional agencies, a new, 24-unit townhome project will be under construction within the next year in Worthington. Lisa Graphenteen of the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership said the agency has received an allocation of low-income housing tax credits and funding through the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency and the Department of Employment and Economic Development for the project. The credits and funding, combined with a $50,000 contribution from JBS Swift and Co.
JACKSON -- Eleven hours after they began, those tasked with a hand recount of Minnesota's Senate race in Jackson County recorded 2,422 votes for incumbent Republican Norm Coleman, and 2,107 votes for Democratic challenger Al Franken. Jackson County Auditor-Treasurer Ben Pribyl said Tuesday morning that there were a "few little issues" during the day, ending with 99 ballots being challenged.