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 -- Nearly five years have passed since Sherri Kracht of Luverne was selected to be the inaugural recipient of a Southwestern Minnesota Habitat for Humanity Chapter project -- a four-bedroom home of her own. Before a small gathering of people celebrating the chapter's success Monday night in Worthington, Kracht said she has just started to decorate her home.
LUVERNE -- Priority Mail boxes -- 25 in all -- stood on the floor in the center of the National Guard Armory in Luverne Saturday morning, waiting to be filled with pouches of beef jerky, canisters of potato chips, bags of candy corn, sun block, newspapers, magazines and letters from home. It was the sixth time volunteers with the Family Readiness Group of the 1-125th -- the Luverne-Pipestone National Guard unit -- gathered to assemble care packages for their soldiers stationed at Camp Scania, Iraq.
OCHEYEDAN, Iowa -- Atop a hill just north of the railroad tracks in Ocheyedan stands a house that has been a fixture in this small farming community for more than 115 years. Well worn on the inside and out, the Tracy House -- named after its long-time owners, Romeo and Edna Tracy -- the four room shack is a standing museum showcasing a part of the community's heritage. Local historians fear, however, that unless something is done soon, the Tracy House won't be standing much longer. Built prior to Ocheyedan's incorporation in 1891, the house was moved to its present site in 1902 by the Tracy
WORTHINGTON -- Students in Tricia Christopher and Lisa Quiring's kindergarten classes from Mountain Lake pulled bright orange and pale blue pumpkins from carts, got on their hands and knees and began rolling them across the yard Friday morning at Grandpa's Fun Farm south of Worthington. 'Tis the season for visits to the pumpkin patch. Marlyn and Jolene Nystrom, owners of Grandpa's Fun Farm south of Worthington, have a host of schools bringing children to the farm to see the animals, run through the straw maze, dig for gourds in a haystack and pick a pumpkin from the pile. This weekend -- an
WORTHINGTON -- Twin Cities-based Continental Ballet Company will grace the stage of Memorial Auditorium in Worthington at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 14, to present the story of "Sleeping Beauty." Joining the cast will be students of The Dance Academy, a Worthington studio owned by Kay Williams Prunty. "Sleeping Beauty" is a classic fairy tale in which Princess Aurora has a spell cast on her that puts her to sleep for 100 years. It will take a kiss from her true love to awaken the princess from her spell.
SCHROEDER -- A 1987 Worthington High School graduate is being called a hero in this small community in northeast Minnesota after rescuing four people from a capsized boat and the crashing waves of Lake Superior. On Sept. 7, Capt.
WORTHINGTON -- When Bob and Phyllis Pederson recently visited their grandson, they were amazed at the 2-year-old's book collection and the knowledge he'd gained from having the books read to him. At Tuesday's meeting of the Nobles County Board, the Pedersons explained the program that put the books in their grandson's hands and asked for support to establish one locally. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a book-of-the-month club of sorts for children from birth to age 5.
WORTHINGTON -- The Salvation Army's Minnesota headquarters in Roseville has offered trainings for its volunteers in the metro area for years. Now, the internationally-known volunteer organization is expanding its reach by offering trainings in outstate Minnesota. Kim Sheets, Salvation Army field representative for southwest Minnesota, is hosting a training exercise from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14 at Worthington's Pizza Ranch. Salvation Army volunteers must be age 18 or older, in good physical health and want to help in the event of a disaster.
WORTHINGTON -- Stepping over mounds of pepper plants, rows of lettuce and vines of squash, Antonio Colindres smiles as he looks around his field of dreams -- his land of opportunity. Once a corn, Mexican bean and rice farmer in his native El Salvador, Colindres left his agricultural roots behind when he left El Salvador in 1983 to find his American dream.
WORTHINGTON -- With more than 3,000 Minnesota National Guard soldiers anticipated to return home from active duty in Iraq next March, newly developed Veterans Resource Centers are cropping up on college campuses across the state to help citizen soldiers access their education benefits. Funded through a five-year, $600,000 annual appropriation by the state legislature, the Veterans Resource Centers will assist veterans in accessing their GI benefits.