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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PIPESTONE -- Cattle producers from across southwest Minnesota are being asked to help the state regain its tuberculosis-free status. On Monday, officials from the state Board of Animal Health (BAH), U.S. Department of Agriculture and a local veterinarian were on hand in Pipestone to explain the process of a statewide testing campaign to start this fall. Minnesota lost its 1971-issued TB-free status on July 12, 2005, after a beef herd in Roseau County tested positive for bovine TB infection.
WORTHINGTON -- Members of the Nobles-Rock Community Health Services (NRCHS) Board on Wednesday approved a plan to eliminate home health care from the agency's offerings by Jan. 1, 2008. Notice to the agency's nine part-time home health aides was to be delivered Wednesday afternoon. During the next 15 months, NRCHS will work to reduce the number of home health staff by two full-time equivalent (FTE) positions.
WORTHINGTON -- Fifth-graders at Prairie Elementary spent a portion of their day Wednesday in an outdoor classroom, thanks to the Worthington FFA Chapter-sponsored Ag Day. Each year, FFA members bring in farm animals and samples of crops to teach the youngsters about agriculture production and the FFA.
WORTHINGTON -- With attendance at many of the small-town senior citizen centers dwindling, representatives from the Nobles County Senior Concerns Committee (SCC) addressed financial issues with the county's board of commissioners Tuesday morning. RSVP program coordinator Joanne Bartosh joined Gerald Mulder in asking the county for assistance. "What the answer is we don't know," Bartosh said. "We felt as a committee we needed to come before you. Maybe you have some resources for us.
WORTHINGTON -- In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Conservation Reserve Program, Jerry and Terese Perkins and their daughter, Julie Perkins-Lopez, were honored by the Nobles County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Tuesday morning. The Perkinses, of Worthington, were among the first families in Nobles County to enroll land in the conservation program 20 years ago -- land that remains, for the most part, in CRP today.
WORTHINGTON -- Two pigs purchased sight-unseen in April led a pair of Nobles County 4-H'ers to rack up an array of honors this summer -- including championship ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair. Ahnna and Joel Olson grew up on a family farm that specializes in swine production -- particularly show pigs and purebred breeding stock. But when the piglets born on their farm didn't arrive in time to fit in the 4-H and FFA show classes, the brother and sister had to look elsewhere. Through a friend of their father, Linden, the two purchased pigs from an auction in Plymouth, Neb.
LUVERNE -- Friday was a day of celebration in Luverne as city leaders and officials from Sioux Valley Regional Health Services and Minnesota West Community and Technical College made official a partnership to bring higher education to the community. With the former Luverne Community Hospital as a backdrop and a swift breeze blowing through a large canopy set up in the middle of East Luverne Street, Mayor Andy Steensma remarked that it was a good day for Luverne. Steensma reflected on the events of the past 12 months that led up to Friday, when the city, in partnership with Minnesota West and
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners set a preliminary, not-to-exceed levy of $8,493,818 for 2007 at a special board session Friday afternoon. The preliminary levy marks a budget increase of 7.42 percent over the county's 2006 operating budget. Commissioners can lower the levy before final adoption in December. County Administrator Mel Ruppert said an 8.6 percent growth in new construction throughout Nobles County within the last year helped keep the levy from being set higher.
BIGELOW -- With 14 years of service on the Nobles County Board of Commissioners, David Benson is seeking to maintain his District 3 board seat because he wants to continue working on some of the county's pivotal projects. Benson, a commissioner since 1992, grew up on the family farm in Ransom Township, west of Bigelow.
WORTHINGTON -- The most often asked question of Matt Widboom in recent weeks has been, "Why run for County Commissioner?" A third-generation farmer who resides north of Worthington, Widboom -- who with his wife, Teresa, has two sons, Riley, 2, and Wesley, 10 months -- said it's the next logical step in his span of public service.