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 -- When students return to the classroom today in area schools, they may not find quite the selection in the vending machines they had before school broke for the summer. Thanks to a federal mandate requiring all school districts to develop and implement a wellness plan at the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year -- due in large part to the growing rate of obesity in the country -- many schools looked to either eliminate or reduce the number of high calorie, high carbohydrate treats in their vending machines.
LUVERNE -- Midnight may be an odd time for a wedding, but for the bride and groom, Jewel Hogget and Roger Windsor, it is the perfect time to begin their new life -- and a new year -- together. Or is it? Hogget, portrayed by Sheila Helle, and Windsor, a "snobby, whiny Mama's boy" played by Steve Swayze, are destined for trouble in Saturday's performance of "Murder at the Midnight Hour," presented on John and Jeanne Bowron's Prairie Heights Bison Ranch north of Luverne. The interactive, one-act murder mystery is the first "under the tent" production for the local Green Earth Players, and the
WILMONT -- Who would have known a cure for boredom could land two young brothers on the pages of a nationwide magazine? Certainly not 9-year-old Logan Rogers and his 6-year-old brother, Landon. The two received a package in the mail Thursday morning filled with four copies of the October 2006 edition of Farm Collector magazine containing the pictures they drew and their school photo, a T-shirt for each of them and their original colored drawings they submitted to the publication several months ago. The Rogers boys were spending a day at Grandma Bonnie Rogers' home last March when they compl
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WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday spent three hours pouring over budgets, specifically those of three departments -- sheriff, county recorder and auditor-treasurer -- in the first of several planned work sessions before certification of the 2007-2008 levy on Sept. 15. County Administrator Mel Ruppert said based on departmental budget requests, the county faces a levy increase of $778,140 for 2007.
WORTHINGTON -- When District 518 set out a few years ago to establish after-school programming to promote academic achievement among the community's diverse populations, they learned the task wasn't as easy as it seemed. With language and cultural differences, it was quickly realized that in order to reach the students the district targeted for the programs, they first needed to reach the parents. It was then that District 518 Community Education Director Jerry Fiola learned of California-based Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE -- pronounced P-K), an organization that developed th
WORTHINGTON -- There's a steady hum in the computer lab at Worthington Christian School now, but once the school year begins in just another week, the steady hum will turn into a constant clicking of the keyboard. When students start class at Worthington Christian, they will enjoy the convenience and accessibility of the school's new computer lab.
FALCON HEIGHTS -- While neither Nobles County Princess Kay finalist will return home with the grand crown, DiDi Christopherson and Kia Vander Kooi will -- at the very least -- have their likeness carved in 90-pound blocks of butter at the Minnesota State Fair within the next week. Christopherson and Vander Kooi were among 12 girls vying to represent Minnesota's dairy industry as the 53rd Princess Kay of the Milky Way Wednesday night at the state fairgrounds in Falcon Heights.
LUVERNE -- With the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks approaching on Sept. 11, Diane Sherwood continues to do all she can to help rescue workers battling health issues due to exposure of toxins and chemicals they encountered at Ground Zero during cleanup of the World Trade Center's twin towers. On Saturday, the Luverne woman has organized the fourth annual Remember Rally, a motorcycle ride aimed at raising funds to help rescue workers and their families with mounting medical bills.
WORTHINGTON -- If the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) meets its goal to eliminate all backyard burn barrels in the state by 2010, garbage haulers like Schaap Sanitation of Worthington stand to see a boom in business growth. At the same time, Schaap, which also manages the county's recycling program, could see an increase in the amount of materials residents recycle. Eric Joens, Schaap's district manager, said that while rural residents are among the best recyclers in the county, there is always room for improvement.