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 -- Good things come to those who wait -- at least that's what Curt Fast of Mountain Lake believes after bagging an 11-point buck by 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Though the second weekend of slug season continues for deer hunters through Tuesday, Fast was quick on the draw to get the nearly 300-pound deer with one arrow on private ground he hunts in the Mountain Lake area. "That was my first day out in about two weeks," said Fast, who shot the buck from a homemade deer stand.
WORTHINGTON -- Candles were extinguished and another set lit as a new crop of junior leaders took the oath of office Saturday night during Nobles County's annual 4-H Achievement Banquet. Leading the 4-H Federation for the upcoming year will be Timothy Bents, president; Jessica Weitgenant, vice president, Stephanie Lubben, second vice president, Heidi Enninga, secretary, Sarah Jacobs, first vice secretary and Erica Springman, second vice secretary. The 4-H Achievement Banquet each year recognizes members who have excelled in project record books, leadership, citizenship and overall achievemen
WORTHINGTON -- "Today is a time to remember our grandparents, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters and friends who put on a uniform and marched off to defend our country," announced Cindy Brunk to a gymnasium filled with students, veterans and community members Friday morning at Worthington High School. SK2 Brunk (Store Keeper, 2nd Class), a member of the U.S. Navy, returned to her rural Brewster home this summer after a six-month stint at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.
WORTHINGTON -- Karen Pfeifer, chair of the Nobles-Rock Public Health Services (NRPHS) board, said staff is "beyond ready" for the agency's newly hired administrator to begin duties in about three weeks. Brad Meyer was hired by Sioux Valley-Visiting Nurses Association (SV-VNA), the agency that provides management services for NRPHS. He will begin his duties in Worthington Dec.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioner David Benson held onto his District 3 seat, defeating challenger Matt Widboom by 158 votes after all 40 of the precincts were in Tuesday night. Benson collected 797 votes to Widboom's 639 votes to pull away with more than 55 percent of the votes. Benson learned of his win via cell phone from the Daily Globe shortly after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. He and his wife, Sally-Anne, were pulling in their farm yard after a two-hour drive around Nobles County picking up their campaign signs. "I am very grateful," Benson said when he learned he'd won.
WORTHINGTON -- After months of political name-bashing and candidates traveling the campaign trail, voters can finally make their choices known today as they head to the polls for the 2006 general election. Most polling places across Minnesota are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. Among the races Minnesota voters will decide are that of governor, U.S. Senate, U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- From the three-window cab of a combine, farmers can spot a variety of wildlife while harvesting crops -- whether it's a pheasant in flight over a field of soybeans or a white-tailed deer leaping through rows of corn stalks. What a farmer doesn't count on seeing, however, is a cougar. While making a separate pass along a waterway west of Lake Ocheda Tuesday, Richard and Bethani Fellows saw the large cat for just a matter of seconds. "A really nice deer got up and about 40 feet behind it, this cougar got up," said Richard Fellows from his combine cab Friday morning.
WORTHINGTON -- After 22 months without a director, Nobles-Rock Public Health Service (NRPHS) will have a new administrator on board to lead the agency by the end of this year. Brad Meyer, a native of northwest Iowa, will begin his new duties on Dec. 4. Meyer has more than 10 years experience in the public health arena, working his way up from team leader to supervisor, director and administrator, according to Sioux Valley's Lois Schuler. Meyer currently serves as clinic director of Public Health Care Inc., of Des Moines, Iowa.
READING -- Plastic garbage containers strategically placed through the halls and around the gymnasium at the Reading Community Center depict the urgency in repairing the former school building's roof. The center, utilized regularly by the community's senior citizens, township board, 4-H and booster clubs, hosts annual community plays and Bingo night and is open for volleyball leagues and horseshoe tournaments. While groups pay to use the facility, and it is rented out for household auctions and family reunions, the income is just enough to cover the electric and heating bills -- it does not
ELLSWORTH -- Twice a week, for an hour each time, a group of women gather in the community room of Oakwood Apartments in Ellsworth to share laughs, stories and exercises through a program spreading across Minnesota and around the country. Bone Builders, an osteoporosis exercise program administered by RSVP, began in Nobles County with the Ellsworth women in August and has since spread to Reading.