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 investigation into a tuberculosis outbreak in Nobles County continues to widen as more people are testing positive for both latent and active forms of TB. Brad Meyer, director of Nobles-Rock Community Health Services, said his agency has now identified 62 individuals with latent TB, all of whom are receiving monthly INH medication therapy. Another five individuals with active TB are being treated, as well as eight individuals suspected to have the disease.
WORTHINGTON -- Just one of the two Nobles County Commissioners up for re-election this year will be on the ballot in the Sept. 9 primary election, as more than two candidates are vying for the post. Commissioner Diane Thier, who has served the residents in District 2 for the past eight years, faces challengers Frank Wieneke of Adrian and Daryl Behrends of Wilmont.
WORTHINGTON -- It's hard to imagine what 300 tons -- 600,000 pounds -- of stuff looks like, but that is the estimated amount not going into our nation's landfills on a daily basis, thanks to The Freecycle Network. The Internet Web site established five years ago in Tucson, Ariz., to help people with excess items give them away to people in need has since grown to more than 5.5 million people in more than 4,500 Freecycle groups around the country.
WORTHINGTON -- Commissioners from both Nobles and Rock counties met over interactive television Tuesday morning to hear budget requests from the department heads of Rock-Nobles Community Corrections and Nobles-Rock Community Health Services, as the counties continue to move toward setting their 2009 budgets. Jon Ramlo, corrections director, submitted a budget plan requesting $142,152 from Nobles County, and $71,076 from Rock County for 2009. The funding amounts to a $2,407 increase for Nobles County, and a $1,203.50 increase for Rock County.
LUVERNE -- A Wisconsin man who has led efforts in his home state to raise money for the victims impacted by the Sept.
WORTHINGTON -- Two representatives from the Centers for Disease Control have been in Nobles County for more than a week now as the local public health agency continues to investigate an outbreak of tuberculosis. Brad Meyer, director of Nobles-Rock Community Health Services, said an individual from Minneapolis and a federal investigator from the Atlanta, Ga., office of the CDC will likely remain in Worthington through the end of this week. The two individuals are assisting the public health agency in its investigation into a recent increase in tuberculosis cases in Nobles County. Meyer said
WORTHINGTON -- Rural Round Lake farmer Tom Wiese pointed out a winged aphid on the underside of a leaf in his soybean field Wednesday morning, as crops specialist Liz Stahl, of the Regional Extension Center in Worthington, looked on. Aphid populations across southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa have been excessive in recent weeks, forcing many farmers to not only apply insecticide, but continue monitoring their fields just in case there's a second explosion of the yield-robbing pests. Wiese, who sprayed his bean field two to three weeks ago, found high numbers of aphids again on Sunday, bu
SIBLEY, Iowa -- While there is still a bit of unpacking to do, the Osceola County Extension Office is, for the most part, settled into its new headquarters inside the former Sterler home on Hawkeye Point, a few miles north of Sibley. The move is the first of many steps the Hawkeye Point Foundation has outlined in developing the site as a tourist attraction. Hawkeye Point, home to the highest point in Iowa, was recently gifted to Osceola County by the Donna Sterler family.
WORTHINGTON -- Streaming purple ribbons are dangling from each of Robert Lynn's exhibits in the open class building at the Nobles County Fair in Worthington this weekend. The retired farmer from rural Lismore has been collecting the purple beauties for the past several years for his intricate woodwork designs known as intarsia. This year his intarsia entry is a bald eagle, crafted from numerous shades of cedar. "When we go somewhere, if we see a board we like, we pick it up," Lynn said of trips made to lumberyards with his wife Jeannette.
WORTHINGTON -- A new program offered to Nobles County 4-H members this year has helped boost the number of exhibitors in the beef project -- and given some kids their first opportunity to exhibit a calf at the county fair. Seventeen 4-H members enrolled in the New Vision Co-op Calf program in its inaugural year, and 12 have never exhibited a beef animal before at the fair. Those numbers are promising for 4-H adult leaders Bruce Lubben, Jason Behrens and Thomas Cunningham, who organized the program.