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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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.
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.
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.
BREWSTER -- They don't farm hundreds of acres of corn and soybeans -- nor do they own a cattle feedlot or a trio of hog confinement barns -- but the Kerry and Janna Williams family of Brewster does have a commitment to growing quality foods that end up on consumers' tables across the Upper Midwest. The Williamses, along with their three children, Laura, 11, Evan, 8, and Isaac, 6, are the 2006 Nobles County Farm Family of the Year.
WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota West Community and Technical College is branching out -- again. With five main campuses in southwest Minnesota, college president Ron Wood announced Wednesday the opening of Minnesota West-Fairmont Center. The facility, housed within the Southern Minnesota Education Center, 115 S.
BEAVER CREEK -- He's spent 20 years traveling the Arctic, but on Monday, it was the wind turbines and an ethanol plant that garnered the attention of renowned polar explorer Will Steger. Steger, on a whirlwind excursion through southwest Minnesota, made stops at the Agri-Energy LLC ethanol plant in Luverne Monday morning before visiting the Minwind Biodiesel Peaking Plant in Beaver Creek. Later stops were planned in Pipestone at the Jim Nichols wind farm and at the Northern Plains Dairy's methane digester in rural St.
WORTHINGTON -- The ties that bind Worthington with Cuero, Texas, have for many years revolved around the traveling trophy of tumultuous triumph -- awarded to the fastest turkey, Worthington's Paycheck or Cuero's Ruby Begonia, during annual races at King Turkey Day and Cuero's Turkeyfest. Now, the ties of the two communities -- each of which touts itself as the Turkey Capitol of the World -- have grown stronger thanks to the 4-H organization. When Nobles County 4-H program coordinator Kile Behrends accompanied the King Turkey Day race team to Cuero two years ago, she was introduced to the sec
WORTHINGTON -- Fourteen-year-old Tanner Baumgard sat in the bleachers and watched as people walked along the luminaried track Friday evening. He listened as young girls belted out tunes at the microphone; and his parents sat at his side thankful to be at this place -- at this time -- experiencing their first Relay for Life event with their curly-haired son. A year ago, Mike and Deann Baumgard weren't sure they would still have Tanner with them for this year's Relay. In April 2005, their son was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.