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 -- The southwest Minnesota pheasant population is anticipated to get another boost in habitat area, thanks to a multi-agency collaboration that will allow farmers to enroll marginal land in a newly introduced conservation effort -- Minnesota's State Acres For Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) Back Forty Pheasant Habitat program. Open enrollment began on Monday and will continue until the allocated 23,100 acres have been filled in the state. The SAFE program in Minnesota is hoped to benefit not only the pheasant population in southern Minnesota, but the Greater Prairie Chicken Range in
WORTHINGTON -- Kick up your heels and come on down -- the Ozark Jubilee is coming to town. It has been a few years since the country music and comedy tour has made its way to Worthington, and the Branson, Mo.-based group is hoping for a sell-out crowd at a 2 p.m.
SLAYTON -- Yet another waterway in southwest Minnesota has made its way onto the impaired waters list, and plans are advancing to clean it up. On Monday, more than 70 people attended meetings in Slayton and Heron Lake regarding an impending Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study on the West Fork of the Des Moines River.
WORTHINGTON --Municipal airports in Pipestone, Windom and Worthington are among 14 across Greater Minnesota that have been awarded grant dollars through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration to make much-needed improvements. The Pipestone Municipal Airport will get $199,500 to purchase a large snowblower for the runway, as well as replace a fuel tank for low-lead fuel at the airport. "We've never had a snowblower before," said Rob Dykstra, airport manager. In the past, the runway was cleared with a plow, which always left windrows behind that would fill in.
WINDOM -- Herminio Nunez stepped off the stage Friday morning with his U.S. Citizenship certificate to the sounds of more than 40 Worthington Middle School students clapping and cheering in his honor. He grinned from ear to ear, waved his American flag and, for the first time in his life, proclaimed he was now an American. Nunez, a native of Panama who works as a translator in the District 518 School system, was one of 55 individuals to receive U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- Eleven years old seems like such a young age to have to worry about being caught up in war, but Carlos Figueroa said the guerrillas operating in El Salvador back in the late 1980s were taking boys as young as 11 and 12 to help in their fight. It wasn't the kind of life any parent would want for their child, so Figueroa's dad headed north -- across the U.S.-Mexico border -- with the hope of giving his family the gift of freedom. "It wasn't an easy decision for my dad or mom to make," Figueroa said.
WORTHINGTON -- The third annual Worthington Gun Show is coming to town this weekend, and organizers are anticipating a show that is bigger and better than before. Randy Thompson, president of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Committee, spearheads the show to provide the public with an opportunity to buy, sell or trade a variety of guns and shooting supplies. Vendors from the tri-state area have reserved more than 110 tables for the event. The gun show runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota's bovine tuberculosis status is officially downgraded today, following an announcement on Tuesday by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH). The U.S. Department of Agriculture has moved the state from Modified Accredited Advanced (MAA) to Modified Accredited (MA) status, meaning cattle and bison producers in the state must test their feeder and breeding animals for the disease before they can be transported out of state. Slaughter animals need not be tested if they are being transported from the farm directly to a processing facility.
WORTHINGTON -- After much discussion and two failed motions, Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to make a counter-offer to the City of Worthington regarding a contract for prosecution services. The offer states the county will continue to provide prosecution services to the city, but at an increased rate of 30 percent of the department's budget.
WORTHINGTON -- These days, it seems there is a celebration for everything. Take April, for instance. According to some Web sites, April is known as Guitar Month, National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month, National Smile Month, Pets are Wonderful Month and Straw Hat Month to name just a few. In all seriousness, April is also known as volunteer month -- a time to recognize those who give of themselves to make the world a little brighter for others. Joanne Bartosh, coordinator of the RSVP office in Nobles County, knows all too well that volunteers are vital to communities.