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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HARTLEY, Iowa -- Workers began moving dirt on a 110-million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant just outside of Hartley in O'Brien County, Iowa, on Monday. The plant, owned by VeraSun Energy Corp., is slated for completion in early 2008. Hartley was one of two northwest Iowa communities vying for the ethanol plant -- the other being Everly, a small community in neighboring Clay County -- said Paul Caudill, senior vice president of operations for VeraSun.
WORTHINGTON -- For the third time in a month, the county's 2006 budget for law enforcement became a point of contention between Nobles County Commissioners and the sheriff's department. In a special meeting Wednesday morning, commissioners again met with Sheriff Kent Wilkening to discuss expenditures in the department -- including the amount of overtime employees racked up in both the public safety and jail budgets between Jan. 1 and mid-November. During those 11 months, the county was billed $29,196.77 in overtime for patrol hours, court time and administration of the DARE program.
LUVERNE -- The community of Luverne will kick off the holiday season this weekend with its 10th annual Winterfest celebration. This year's Winterfest theme is "Christmas Past and Present," with events planned Friday through Sunday. The festival is sponsored by the Luverne Area Chamber of Commerce and Luverne Electric Utility. The main Winterfest event is the downtown Parade of Lights at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Here we are as in olden days, happy golden days of yore. Faithful friends who are dear to us gather near to us once more. Through the years we all will be together; If the Fates allow. Hang a shining star upon the highest bough. And have yourself a merry little Christmas now. WORTHINGTON -- Remember the Friday nights gone by when families would come to town to do their shopping and catch up on the news with friends and neighbors along Main Street? That is the picture Roxann Polzine likes to imagine when she speaks of the annual Christmas at Pioneer Village event, slated from 5 to 8:3
WORTHINGTON -- While corn growers throughout the region continue to cash in on historically high prices -- at more than $3.30 per bushel -- those pouring the golden-yellow kernels into the feed bunk or mixing it into hog rations are likely wondering if they can make a profit in livestock production these days. With corn prices at $1.80 per bushel or higher than they were a year ago, University of Minnesota Extension Educator Dave Bau said it will cost producers that much more to feed their livestock.
WORTHINGTON -- Beginning today, Wal-Mart pharmacies across Minnesota will begin offering its customers generic prescription drugs for just $4 per 30-day supply. Eleven states -- totaling 811 pharmacies -- were added to the program in this latest expansion, marking the retail giant's nationwide goal to offer low-cost generic prescriptions to all of its customers. During a Monday morning conference call, Julie Idelkope, senior manager of public affairs for Wal-Mart's 64 stores in Minnesota, said the prescription drug program began in Florida on Sept.
ADRIAN -- In the midst of its EV150 campaign, Kum & Go officially opened for business on the north side of Adrian Nov. 17. The convenience store and gas station celebrated its grand opening on Saturday. EV150 is short for evolving 150 stores, a plan the Kum & Go chain developed to increase its presence and market share in communities across the nation.
WORTHINGTON -- They may be called prairie potholes, sloughs or waterways, and they dot the Minnesota landscape like black spots cover a Dalmation. Still, Minnesota's Wetlands Conservation Act (WCA) is reporting net losses of wetlands across the state, and agencies want to either stop those losses or change the WCA, legislation which has already been amended eight times since it was enacted in 1991. More than 45 organizations --from the Sierra Club to the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC), Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Army Corp
WORTHINGTON -- While snowmobile enthusiasts may not appreciate the brown grass and mild temperatures many Midwesterners have enjoyed of late, the weather has been ideal for those working in road construction -- particularly on the Highway 60 expansion project in Iowa. Mike Kruger, Cherokee-based resident construction engineer with the Iowa Department of Transportation, said recent weather has more than made up for rain delays encountered earlier this spring. "Overall, we had a pretty wet spring, at least on the Sibley bypass trying to get the grading process started," said Kruger.
WORTHINGTON -- On a 3-2 vote, Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved support for a grant application seeking $30,000 from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to join in the 2007 Burn Barrel Reduction Campaign. The grant is being applied for by the 12-county Southwest Regional Solid Waste Commission and would require a $3,000 in-kind match from Nobles County for education programming. Mark Koster, an environmental services officer with Nobles County, said the grant money will be used to educate the public and attempt to change public perception on the use of burn barrels, c