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 -- Most people equate Minnesota with the land of 10,000 lakes or having snow on the ground for roughly half a year, but the state is generating a buzz around the world for a few other reasons -- ethanol, bio-diesel and wind energy. Marcus Keller, investment development director in North America for the Australian government, was in southwest Minnesota this week to learn about the cooperative system of producing renewable energy.
IONA -- Thirteen tombstones, including one listed on an historic registry, and several wooden crosses were destroyed by vandals in St. Columba Catholic Cemetery of Iona, located in south central Murray County. It is believed the damage was caused sometime during the weekend. A member of St.
WINDOM -- After completing a year and a half of college, Windom native Kelly Caviness took a break from her studies in February to experience the outdoors as a crew member for the Minnesota Conservation Corps. Now, with just a couple of months left on her service contract with MCC's Young Adult Program, Caviness said the experience she's gained has been invaluable. Caviness was one of four corps members stationed at the Department of Natural Resources office in Windom this year.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to be the lead county in Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water's efforts to issue $3.57 million in GO Revenue Bonds for the extension of the Lewis and Clark water pipeline project. Nine counties will benefit from the Lewis and Clark project in Minnesota, but LPRW CEO Dennis Healy said Nobles County was asked to take the lead on issuing the bonds because it is the greatest benefactor. The bonds must be issued and the finances secured for the pipeline project by May 1, 2007.
BINGHAM LAKE -- Ethanol plants, a biodiesel refinery and a large-scale wind farm were visited by District 22B representative candidate Richard Peterson Monday as he touted renewable energy in rural Minnesota. With about a half dozen constituents in tow, Peterson reiterated his support for value-added agricultural commodities at PJ's II in Bingham Lake prior to an afternoon tour that included stops at Ethanol 2000 in Bingham Lake, a Cenex station in Windom that sells E-85, Trimont Area Wind Farm, Heron Lake Bio-Energy and Minnesota Soybean Processors of Brewster. A 24-year member of the Jacks
LUVERNE -- One day before the 2006 state pheasant opener, individuals from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Fisheries and Pheasants Forever dedicated a 64-acre parcel on the east side of Luverne as a Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The dedication had been nearly two years in the making, the result of a Luverne native's wish to see her family's name remembered in the community she has much love for. "I would like something to remain in Luverne of the Stephen family that wasn't out in the cemetery," said Margaret (Stephen) Keen, who now resides in Edmonds, Wash.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- The Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Chapter will represent northwest Iowa and the entire state at the National FFA Convention later this month in Indianapolis, Ind. In early September, the chapter learned it was selected as one of 10 finalists for the national Model of Innovation award. The honor recognizes chapters from across the nation that have implemented "unique and innovative ideas and activities." Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA had been selected one of Iowa's top three FFA Chapters earlier this year. During the National FFA Convention, Oct.
LEOTA -- A less than 5-acre parcel of land on the southwest side of this small Nobles County community is considered the land of opportunity for lifelong Leota resident Randy Landhuis. A quarter century ago, the barren parcel belonged to Pete Kooiman, a local man with dreams of developing the land into lots to further the town's population. Evergreen trees were planted on the south and west sides of the property back then, but Kooiman died before the development came to fruition. In 1993, Howard Landhuis bought the land from Kooiman's estate with the intent of seeing the project through.
LUVERNE -- Warren Herreid and his four brothers grew up in Luverne.
LUVERNE -- Education, transportation and health care dominated the questions posed to candidates during a political forum Tuesday night in Luverne. Hosted by the Luverne Chamber of Commerce, the forum took place before a standing-room-only audience in the City Hall Council Chambers. The forum featured Dist. 22 Sen. Jim Vickerman, D-Tracy, and his opponent, Bill Weber, R-Luverne, and District 22A Representative candidate Mike McCarvel. Dist. 22A Rep.