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 -- After denying a request from Sheriff Kent Wilkening last summer to budget money for replacing the video visitation system at Prairie Justice Center, Nobles County commissioners face a more dire situation today. Wilkening, along with jail administrator Monette Soderholm, came before commissioners on Tuesday to report the system, which has been in place since PJC opened, is down to one visiting booth for its maximum-security inmates.
WORTHINGTON -- A project many feared wouldn't be completed in their lifetime is moving full steam ahead, thanks to the legislature's late February override of Minnesota's transportation funding package. "For the first time in all the years I've been working on this, it's good news today," said Minnesota Department of Transportation's Peter Harff, who serves as project manager for the Minnesota 60 four-lane expansion project. The good news is the Minnesota 60 expansion project is back in the forefront of District 7's construction plans.
WORTHINGTON -- While the Minnesota 60 four-lane expansion project from Bigelow to Worthington is still a couple of years away, construction will be in full force in a few weeks to complete the Bigelow bypass project. Construction is slated to start April 4, with the road open for travel by the end of the roadwork season. Of course, road construction means detours, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation has released its detour routes during the remainder of the project. As of early April, traffic on Minnesota 60 will be detoured at the Y-intersection southwest of Worthington, with ve
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington High School FFA president Kaylee Williamson was presented the Region Star award Monday night during the 70th annual Worthington FFA Banquet. The banquet, which culminates a year of work by FFA members, honored students for their work on Career Development Events (CDEs), proficiency areas, leadership and scholarship. For the first time in Worthington High School FFA history, an all-female officer team led the banquet festivities.
WORTHINGTON -- The Minnesota 60 four-lane expansion project looks like it will be a reality within the next few years. During a meeting of the Southwest Minnesota Highway 60 Corporation on Monday, Minnesota Department of Transportation's Peter Harff announced the project is back in the forefront of District 7's construction plans. Thanks to the legislative override on the state transportation funding package, Harff said MnDOT will spend the next six weeks to two months working on rights-of-way issues pertaining to the first phase of the project -- from the Bigelow bypass northeast to Nobles
WORTHINGTON -- Sunday evening, the nine Worthington Girl Scout troops want the public to get out of the house and away from their televisions to come watch TV with them. The Scouts will present their dinner theater debut, "Channel Surfing," Sunday at the First United Methodist Church in Worthington. Doors open at 5 p.m. with serving of a pork chop and baked potato dinner, and the show to start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available in advance at McCarthy's Floral in Worthington. They can be purchased between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. today and between 8 a.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Nearly 75 people packed into the Farmer's Room of the Nobles County Government Center Wednesday night to discuss proposed zoning changes in the one-half mile perimeter of the City of Worthington. The meeting provided county staff and planning and zoning commission members an opportunity to present information and collect public comment on the proposal. Approximately 50 parcels in the one-half mile zone would be impacted by the proposed changes. Nobles County Environmental Works Director Wayne Smith said the county has not improved its zoning map since 1965.
WORTHINGTON -- With the clock ticking, Nobles County commissioners met in a special work session Tuesday afternoon with Worthington City Administrator Joe Parker regarding a contract for prosecution services. At their last board meeting, commissioners received notice from the city stating its desire to continue utilizing the county attorney's office for legal matters. The letter followed the county's decision in February to discontinue the contract on Feb.
WORTHINGTON -- Saturday is do or die time for completing a new federal farm bill, and it was the talk on the Hill when representatives of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation conducted its annual visit with legislators last week. Dean Christopherson, president of the Nobles County Farm Bureau, was part of a contingent of 33 Minnesotans to travel to Washington, D.C., Wednesday through Sunday. While there, they stopped at the American Farm Bureau headquarters for an afternoon of preparation before spending the full day Thursday meeting with Sens. Norm Coleman and Amy Klobuchar, Reps.
WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota West Community and Technical College is gaining a reputation in its nursing department -- a great reputation. Practical Nursing graduates at both the Pipestone and Worthington campuses surpassed national and state averages on the National Council Licensure Examination in 2007.