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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Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series identifying housing concerns and how they are being addressed in southwest Minnesota. PIPESTONE -- It has been little more than a year since Suzlon Rotor Corp. opened its doors in the southwest Minnesota town of Pipestone, and while excited about the business boom, a resulting side effect continues to challenge the city. There just isn't enough affordable housing to bring in the people. "What's happened, and I think it happens in a lot of rural communities ...
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners took another look during their meeting Tuesday at the proposed 7.66 percent levy increase for 2008. Despite several necessary adjustments in the budget, including the replacement of two computers in the administration office, replacement of a computer server and a salary adjustment for the newly hired Veterans Service Officer, the levy is expected to remain the same. As commissioners pointed out again Tuesday, the levy includes 3 percent set aside for road and bridge repairs. "I've seen really good support (for the transportation funding)," said Co
WESTBROOK -- A sophomore at Westbrook-Walnut Grove High School is celebrating a national championship after competing in the Agri-Science Fair during the National FFA Convention last week in Indianapolis, Ind. Samantha Baker has aspirations to one day be a pediatric doctor or specialize in children's medicine, so when the FFA debuted a new contest geared to the sciences, she was intrigued. Over Thanksgiving break in 2006, Baker began her experiment to determine the effectiveness of antibacterial soap in a demonstration she named, "Soap Wars." Initially, the project was to fulfill a requireme
WORTHINGTON -- With many farmers still wrapping up field work for the season, it may not be the best time for crop and livestock producers to stop by their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office to sign up for programs. But with the new farm bill still in limbo, the NRCS has moved up its annual sign-up process for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
WORTHINGTON -- While it may be too late to save Worthington's Central School building, members of the Save Our School committee and other interested individuals attended a special meeting Tuesday on the preservation of historic buildings. Led by Bonnie McDonald, executive director of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM), the meeting focused on the importance of historic buildings and funding options available to help save them. PAM is a statewide, nonprofit, private organization that advocates for preservation of Minnesota's historic resources.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners used a special work session on Monday to air their side of the story regarding the departure of Veterans Services Officer Mark Joldersma, whose last day on the job was Friday. Joldersma submitted his resignation on Oct. 10, after what he said was the county's unwillingness to bend on a requested adjustment in his work schedule. At the time of his resignation, Joldersma was working four hours per day, five days per week, with four hours of flex time weekly to use at his discretion.
WORTHINGTON -- Enjoying a weeklong stretch without moisture, farmers across the region made great progress in the fields this weekend as they hauled in better-than-expected yields. Many had hoped to wrap up harvest over the weekend and for sure by the end of this week, according to some elevator operators in southwest Minnesota. In Jackson, Larry Olsen, grain manager for FCA Co-op, said late Friday that farmers near there had harvested about 95 percent of the corn crop.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa -- It isn't the buzz of cattle clippers or the sound of a cow's moo, but rather the roar of a chainsaw and the high-decibel screams of frightened visitors that abound in the cattle barn on the Dickinson County Fairgrounds in Spirit Lake, Iowa, these days. For the sixth consecutive year, the Spirit Lake Mainsail and KUOO Radio have teamed up to host a Haunted House, scaring the young and old who dare to enter. Blain Andera, director of Mainsail, which is the town's chamber of commerce, is the mastermind behind the maze of mummified creatures and masked madmen. "I do the lay
Decorative limestone pieces and solid oak built-in cabinets saved from the Central School building in downtown Worthington will be offered to the highest bidder Saturday afternoon in a silent auction on the lawn of the historic Dayton House. Bidding will open at 3 p.m. on the items, and will continue until 5 p.m.
The 2008 fundraising campaign for the Worthington Area United Way has begun, and the group is hoping people will dig into their pockets and help them reach this year's $135,000 goal. Jeff Rotert, local United Way president, said the goal is unchanged from the past couple of years, but that doesn't mean they can rest on their laurels and wait for the money to come in. The official kick-off for the United Way was Sept. 17, with their first fundraising event being the tailgate party at the Sept. 21 WHS football game.