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 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 -- So, you think you make the world's best ribs? Here's your chance to show off your skills. The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking entrants for the first contest among local barbecuers at Rib Fest later this month at Pioneer Village. Restaurants, service clubs or home grill masters are invited to take part, according to Mike Kuhle, one of the event's organizers. The event is sponsored by Swift & Co. of Worthington, and ribs may be purchased locally from W-2 Quality Meats for the contest. The preparer of the best ribs will be selected based on public voting.
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.
WORTHINGTON -- The flags fly high, people wave and cheer, and ceremonies with community and state dignitaries are filled with pomp and circumstance. It's a scene many people in southwest Minnesota have experienced in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001 -- since the citizen soldiers went off to war half a world away and returned home following their tour of duty. What happens, though, to the soldiers who left for battle not with a hometown unit but on their own? They have no return celebration in their honor.
WORTHINGTON -- It's been nearly two months since Nobles-Rock Public Health Services carried out a preparedness drill on a make-believe flu pandemic in both Worthington and Luverne. The event attracted dozens of volunteers to help operate fictitious mass-dispensing clinics -- volunteers who had been enlisted by the NRPHS in recent months. Now, a statewide campaign has begun to create a database of volunteers willing to help their fellow man in the event of an emergency or disaster situation.
BIGELOW -- What do a fiesta, a truck pull and BB and the Bullfrogs have in common? They will all entertain the crowds at Swampy Days today and Saturday in Bigelow. The festivities begin this evening, with registration for the horseshoe tournament starting at 6:30 p.m. in the city park. More than 20 teams are expected to participate in the tournament, with the competitions taking place at the park's four horseshoe pits. A food stand will be open in the park throughout the tournament, serving items such as walking tacos and Mexican nachos.
JACKSON -- Usually, when a 4-H club selects a project that each of its members will take part in, they choose something such as health or safety.
LUVERNE -- The Rock County Fair, which officially begins today in Luverne, isn't just another fair for the Spencer and Pam Sells family of Beaver Creek. Their youngest of two children, Lee, will complete his last year as a 4-H exhibitor when the fair ends Saturday night, bringing an end to more than 15 years of 4-H service for the Sells family. Lee Sells started his 4-H career as a member of the Cloverbuds while his sister, Lindsy, was a full-fledged 4-H'er in Beaver Creek's Willing Workers 4-H Club.
WORTHINGTON -- A concerned citizen of Brewster requested additional patrols and more noticeable signage within Brewster's city limits during Tuesday's meeting of the Nobles County Board of Commissioners. Don Nelson said truck traffic going to and from Minnesota Soybean Processors, which is located north of Brewster, has caused concern among local residents because of the speed at which trucks pass through town. Citing numerous examples of truckers using excessive speed and causing near-accidents, Nelson said he'd like to see the speed limit lowered to 20 miles per hour within the city limits