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 -- Rural residents are considered to be the best recyclers in Nobles County, but according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) they -- along with all of southwest Minnesota's rural population -- appear behind the times when it comes to using burn barrels on their farms. In 1969, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law banning all backyard burning of refuse.
WORTHINGTON -- Ananaya Alwal and Otidi Ochogi scrunched up their noses as they slid scoops underneath cow pies that had landed in the aisle of the 4-H dairy barn Friday afternoon. It was just another day at the fair for the girls -- helping their friend and fellow 4-H'er, Sarah Cham, during her shift to watch over dairy animals on exhibit by members of the Ocheda Beavers 4-H Club. Cham has two Holsteins at the fair this year, a winter senior yearling and a winter calf.
WORTHINGTON -- For 51 years, the FFA Foodstand has graced an area across from the grandstand gates at the Nobles County Fair in Worthington. For 51 years, members of the Worthington FFA Chapter have manned the grill and waited on customers -- serving today what amounts to about 2,500 burgers and about 800 pounds of French fries in a four-day period.
WORTHINGTON -- For the most part, farmers across the country have been pleased with federal Farm Bill legislation enacted in 2002. But with the bill up for debate in 2007, Minnesota Sen.
ADRIAN -- Eleven years ago this week, Chris Hodapp took a plate of cookies and a collection of muffins to the Nobles County Fair.
JACKSON -- It used to be that when a goat was chased into the auction ring at a local sale barn, the farmers would snicker and wait for the real livestock -- sheep, cattle and pigs, to be brought into the ring.
WORTHINGTON -- In the first six months of this year, usage at both the Worthington Christian Church Food Pantry and Manna Food Pantry has increased considerably compared to the same six-month period last year. Chalk it up to paying more at the gas pump, larger households or the loss of a wage earner -- whatever the reason, the needs are real in Nobles County. At Manna Food Pantry, located in the lower level of Worthington's Westminster Presbyterian Church, director Gene Foth recorded 567 more households served between Jan.
WORTHINGTON -- The 2006-2007 school year will begin at Worthington High School in a few short weeks with two new leaders at the helm. District 518 hired Scott Backer earlier this summer to be the school's new principal. He comes to the district with 31 years in the education field, working his way up from a science teacher to assistant principal and, for the past six years as a principal.
WORTHINGTON -- Four weeks from today, the new Hi-Ho Nursery School will bustle with children pretending to make food in the play kitchen, building cabins with Lincoln Logs and learning the alphabet on a colorful new rug adorning the floor. The nursery school, forced to move following last spring's retirement of Julie Kuiper, has been purchased by Worthington Christian School and now inhabits a corner of the Christian school building, located at 1770 Eleanor St. The facility will begin classes Sept. 6. Open to children ages 3 through 5, the preschool offers classes Monday through Friday.
WORTHINGTON -- More than 60 people representing the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Energy and the Natural Resource Conservation Service arrived in Worthington Tuesday evening in the midst of a whirlwind, three-state Mid-America Rural Tour. The group will tour Prairie Holdings this morning in Worthington before moving on to stops at Minnesota Soybean Processors in Brewster and Heron Lake BioEnergy. The day will include a ground-breaking ceremony for a new hospital in St.