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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BREWSTER -- Fun days are to be had in Brewster this weekend during the town's annual celebration, slated to begin tonight and continue through Sunday. New to the festival this year is a visit by nationally known ventriloquist and comedian James Wedgwood, who has appeared on TNN. He will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday in the city park. "He's performed a lot of places -- he's pretty good," said David Hartzler, Brewster Community Club representative. The comedic ventriloquist is just one of a number of entertaining activities planned during Brewster Fun Days.
WORTHINGTON -- Keeping cigarettes out of the hands of kids and convincing more adults to kick the habit may get a little easier in Nobles County thanks to a nearly $199,000 grant awarded to the county's Clean Air For Everyone (CAFE) organization. Rock County Administrator Kyle Oldre announced the award during Wednesday afternoon's meeting of the Nobles-Rock Community Health Services board meeting in Worthington. Paula Anderson, NRCHS health educator, had applied for the grant through Blue Cross Blue Shield (BC/BS).
WORTHINGTON -- Thanks to the aid of computers, accessing job information is much easier today than it used to be. Finding a computer to use when you don't have your own, however, can be tricky. For several years, the Minnesota Workforce Center, located on the main level of the Nobles County Government Center, has provided computers to aid job seekers in their search for employment.
WORTHINGTON -- How many ears of corn can be produced on one stalk? What happens to the crops area farmers grow? What is the difference between ethanol and biodiesel? Those questions and more are welcome from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the first-ever "Consumers and the Latest Ag Technology" open house at the Richard and Bethani Fellows farm, located 3½ miles south of Worthington on Nobles County 57. Activities include free horse-drawn hay rides, a petting zoo, tours of the Ocheda Seed Farm seed house, field walks and the opportunity to see an array of vehicles that operate on E-85 or biodiesel.
ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa -- Twenty years after the Queen II set sail on the Iowa Great Lakes in Arnolds Park, she will be celebrated with a christening and commemorative cruise on Sunday. The event is hoped to help raise funds for some much-needed work on the sight-seeing boat. Tickets for the 5 p.m. celebration cruise may be purchased on the Queen prior to departure. Included in the $100-per-ticket price are hors d'oeuvres, champagne, wine and soft drinks. The celebration will include a presentation of the boat's history, a description of the work the boat's owners -- Historic Arnolds Park Inc.
RUSHMORE -- From a pedal pull to little league games, a parade and pancake feed, Rushmore's Days of '78 celebration is one of those down-home family affairs that draws both the young and old to town for the two-day festivities. The 28th annual celebration begins Saturday morning with a kids' pedal pull on Main Street near the park at 10 a.m. Registration begins a half hour before the event, with trophies awarded for first, second and third place in each age division.
SCANIA, Iraq -- Two days after Americans celebrated their independence with backyard barbecues and evening fireworks, Lt. Col. John Kolb talked of the work soldiers from southwest Minnesota are doing to bring independence to the citizens of Iraq. In a Thursday morning conference call from Convoy Support Center (CSC) Scania, in south central Iraq, the commander of the 1-125th Strike Battalion began his report by honoring Sgt.
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday ended its 11-year participation with the Southwest Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority in exchange for a newly created, countywide HRA with Economic Development Authority (EDA) powers. It's hoped the move, taken after a special public hearing in which no public comment was presented, will result in an HRA more efficient and economical for the county. The board's action followed a May 2006 report issued by the Nobles County HRA/EDA review committee that identified gaps in the level of programs and servic
LOWER BRULE, S.D. -- He has released 10 CDs, performed hundreds of concerts and is now the subject of a book that debuted just two weeks ago. Paul Summers LaRoche, born in Pierre, S.D., and raised in Worthington by adoptive parents Clarence and Irma Summers, will return to Worthington this week to promote "Hidden Heritage: The Story of Paul LaRoche." The 256-page book was written by Minnesota author Barbara Marshak, who will join LaRoche in a book signing event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Rune's Furniture.
SLAYTON -- A 20-year-old Slayton man was killed when the Ultra light aircraft he was piloting crashed into a soybean field just west of the Slayton Municipal Airport Friday morning. Benjamin Quiring, who was piloting a Fisher Model FP303 out of Slayton's airport, was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash was reported at approximately 11:18 a.m.