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 -- Worthington High School FFA teams took first and third place last week at the regional Envirothon contest at Camden State Park near Lynd. The five-member teams competed April 30 in the contest, which included wildlife, soils, forestry and aquatics judging, as well as a 10-minute presentation on a current event. Both teams will now advance to the State Envirothon, hosted by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, on May 14 in Fergus Falls. Envirothon team members had been preparing for the contest since early April, practicing both durin
WORTHINGTON -- Southwest Minnesota FFA members have proven they know their stuff when it comes to judging a good piece of meat and meat cuts. During the 79th annual Minnesota FFA Convention in St. Paul last week, area teams took six of the top 10 spots in the meat contest, with Jackson County Central (JCC) earning first place and a trip to the National FFA Convention this fall. Also in the top 10 were Pipestone Area, second; Westbrook-Walnut Grove, third; Southwest Star Concept, fourth; Fulda, sixth; and Hills-Beaver Creek, eighth.
WORTHINGTON -- The first of the nationwide economic stimulus payments were sent out last week, and it appears the checks aren't all they were hyped up to be. Carolee Anderson, owner of H&R Block in Worthington, said her office has been flooded with calls from local residents wondering why they didn't receive as much as they anticipated. Since the payment plan was unveiled by the federal government, people have focused in on three different dollar amounts -- a $600 check for single filers, a $1,200 check for joint filers and an additional $300 per child age 17 and younger claimed on a person'
WORTHINGTON -- After 22 years in the real estate business, Lon Standafer of Worthington decided to make a change. His new career, however, isn't too far removed from the experiences he gained while selling homes throughout the area. In mid-January, Standafer left Johnson Builders & Realtors to start his own business, Tri State Inspections, after Marv Heeren retired at the end of 2007 from his inspection business. "I just felt the time was right to make a change," said Standafer.
WORTHINGTON -- Bringing seniors together from across the county for educational programs, entertainment and fun is the premise behind the annual Spring Fling for Seniors coming up on Thursday at the American Reformed Church, 1720 N. Burlington Ave., in Worthington. The event, hosted by the Nobles County Senior Concerns Committee, will include workshops, entertainment, lunch and a keynote address by Dr. Thomas Hegarty of the Southwest Minnesota Radiation and Oncology Center.
WORTHINGTON -- Firefighters and weather spotters were called out throughout Rock and Nobles counties in Minnesota and Lyon and Osceola counties in Iowa Thursday night for the first severe weather of the season. A tornado watch had been issued early Thursday evening, stretching to 11 p.m., with most of the warnings in the four-county area issued between 7 and 8:30 p.m. Lyon County, Iowa, took the brunt of the storm, as Sheriff Blythe Bloemendaal said multiple tornadoes touched down during the 7 o'clock hour. "If I had to guess, if the sightings are accurate, we had four tornadoes," Bloemenda
WORTHINGTON -- Don Christensen pulled into the lot of the former Gateway gas station on Worthington's south side Thursday afternoon with a trailer heaped with scrap iron. It was the Slayton man's second trip to Worthington that day, a day when scrap prices at the local Shine Bros.
PIPESTONE -- Habitat for Humanity volunteers will break ground at 10 a.m. Saturday on a new home in Pipestone for Samantha Brady and her three children. The Brady family was selected from more than half a dozen applications for the house, which is the sixth to be constructed by Southwestern Minnesota Habitat for Humanity. The chapter encompasses Pipestone, Rock and Nobles counties. This is the second house to be constructed in Pipestone. Marie Ekdom, administrative assistant for the chapter, said the home will be built at 702 Third Ave.
WORTHINGTON -- While Dean and Carol Christopherson of rural Worthington were raising their five daughters -- representing the fourth generation in the family dairying business -- they weren't sure any of the girls would want to come back and milk cows for a living. One by one, Cynda, Amy, Kelly and Eir left home for college, careers and families ... and then there was DiDi. She grew up the youngest of the five girls, following in her sisters' footsteps as a heavily involved 4-H member and then Nobles County Dairy Princess. She loved the farm, her cats, the cows and calves.
WORTHINGTON -- It does snow in late April -- even in early May, for that matter -- but for those of us who have endured a seemingly endless winter, it's time for spring to, well, spring. That sentiment rings especially true for farmers, who await cooperation from Mother Nature to provide a series of long days filled with sunshine. The weekly crop-weather report issued by the Minnesota Field Office of the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service on Monday showed just 1 percent of total corn acreage in the state had been planted, and only 3 percent of corn ground was ready for seed as o