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 -- While the start of the Christmas season is still four months away, the community improvement committee of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce is hoping residents will get into the giving spirit of the holidays. The committee is in need of funding to replace Christmas banners that have adorned Humiston Avenue for the past 15 holiday seasons. The banners are weathered and worn, and without the money to buy new, they are in danger of not being replaced. "We've repaired and repainted the ones that are up there now," said committee member Brenda Hurlbut.
WORTHINGTON -- As the thunder rolled and the rain began to fall Monday night and continued intermittently during the day on Tuesday, farmers across southwest Minnesota were calling the much needed moisture "a million dollar rain." But is it too little too late for crops that have been void of rainfall and subject to high heat and humidity in recent weeks? Not at all, according to University of Minnesota Extension Crops Educator Lizabeth Stahl of the Worthington Regional Extension Center. Granted, this year's yields may not be as abundant as those harvested last fall, but southwest Minnesota
WORTHINGTON -- Thirty-eight years after the Worthington Army Reserve Center became home to the 452nd Quartermaster Company, the Army is making changes to the local training facility. Beginning in September, the center will no longer serve as a detachment unit of the 452nd, but instead will become Detachment 1, 79th MP Co., a training site for troops to become military police. The base will be a detachment of the Rochester Company. A closeout formation ceremony is planned in Winthrop at noon Sunday, marking the changes for both the Winthrop unit of the 452nd Quartermaster Co.
ROUND LAKE -- One year and one month to the day Gordy Wilson died while working on his beloved Allis Chalmers tractors, his family auctioned off most of the rural Round Lake man's collection. The all-day sale on Thursday lured people from across the country to a lot on the west side of town where Wilson spent many years tinkering on his A-C toys. Glen Fredrikson came all the way from Mesa, Ariz., for the auction -- as well as to visit family in the St. James area and attend an Allis Chalmers show earlier in the week in Hutchinson.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa -- The putt-putt of a two-cylinder John Deere tractor is music to the ears of people like Dave Gonnerman, of rural Spirit Lake.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- One of the many roles of a high school FFA adviser is to ensure students complete their recordkeeping for various FFA honors and write letters of support for those students when needed. Mike Earll, adviser for the Sibley-Ocheyedan (S-O) FFA chapter, has become seasoned at both of those tasks during his 27-year career in agricultural education, but he's never been one to "toot his own horn," so to speak. So when the Iowa FFA Association changed its tactics in recognizing outstanding FFA advisers this past year -- asking advisers to nominate a peer in their own region rather th
HOLLAND -- Farming is more than just a business for the Gordon Moeller family of rural Holland. It's a way of life. The Moellers -- Gordon and wife Jean, and sons Mike and Mark and their families -- were recently named Pipestone County's Farm Family of the Year by the Minnesota Extension Service. They will be honored Aug. 3, during Farmfest in Redwood County. The Moeller family has farmed in Pipestone County ever since Gordon's grandparents settled there in 1919 after emigrating from their German homeland.
ADRIAN -- With patriotic colors of red, white and blue, those who were preparing the George, Iowa, float for the parade in Adrian Saturday evening felt a bit out of place. After all, up and down the street were entries adorned in red and green, complete with decorated Christmas trees, snowmen and even a live nativity. It was Christmas in July, and the townsfolk living along Maine Avenue got into the spirit by putting ornaments on their evergreen shrubs, placing an inflatable Santa Claus in the front yard and hanging Christmas banners from the downtown light poles.
PIPESTONE -- The red hatted women giggled a little when the emcee announced they couldn't afford to bring the Chippendale dancers to town, but by the time the Norwegian Chippendale Whistlers -- Ole, Lars and Sven -- completed their stage act, those same red hatters were chortling, clapping, humming on their kazoos and rising for a standing ovation. Imagine three grown men each disguised by a top hat covering their face, showing a bare midriff adorned with painted-on big blue eyes and a round red mouth encircling their belly button -- a suit jacket dangling from their waist and swaying with th
WORTHINGTON -- Anyone who has ever had to pass through the intersection of Diagonal Road and Oxford Street to get to work or school in the morning can attest to the frustrations of stop and go traffic and motorists who don't wait their turn. During the school year, student drivers and busses add to the congestion, but part of the problem is hoped to be alleviated by the time the new school year begins. Nobles County Public Works director Stephen Schnieder received approval earlier this week to create left-hand turn lanes on Diagonal Road at the Oxford Street intersection.