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 -- Seven 196-foot meteorological towers will be erected early this spring in southern Nobles County to measure the wind. The temporary towers will be constructed by Tower Associates LLC, a Juno Beach, Fla., company, to determine if the sites are suitable for future wind development. Steve Stengel, spokesman for FPL Energy, which is conducting the project, said the meteorological towers will collect wind speed data for 18 months to two years before a decision is made regarding possible construction of wind turbines on the sites. "What you're seeing in (Nobles) County is the early
HARRIS, Iowa -- While the wind hasn't stopped blowing across the prairies of southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa, the 40-turbine Endeavor Wind Farm near Harris, Iowa, hasn't been able to fully capitalize on the gusts for several months now. Officials with the wind farm, developed by Clipper Wind, discovered late last summer there was a timing issue in the secondary stage of the power train. "It was ... what we would call a start-up issue -- supplier related," said Mary McCann-Gates, director of global communications for Clipper Wind's Carpinteria, Calif., office.
WORTHINGTON -- Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack stopped at the Blue Line Café in Worthington Thursday afternoon in a whirlwind southwest Minnesota tour to stump for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton. Just days before Minnesotans go to the caucus, Vilsack was one of many Clinton campaigners traversing the state on Thursday to meet with fellow Democrats and call on voters seeking support. "Campaigns are all about personal touch," said Vilsack, who also made stops in Marshall, Slayton and Luverne. "Every part of Minnesota is important.
LUVERNE -- Less than two weeks before the Minnesota Legislature kicks off its 2008 session, Nobles-Rock Community Health Services Educator Paula Anderson is encouraging people to share their positive stories about the implementation of the Freedom to Breathe Act. Her goal is to share the stories with legislators -- to let them know the residents of southwest Minnesota appreciate the law, which prohibits smoking in indoor public spaces such as bars and restaurants. The Freedom to Breathe Act has been in effect since Oct.
BREWSTER -- A Wednesday morning machine shop fire required firefighters from three departments -- Brewster, Round Lake and Okabena -- to respond to the Stephen Stude farm, 32797 820th St., near Brewster. Stude discovered smoke coming from the building and reported it to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department at 10:19 a.m.
WORTHINGTON -- How do you see the spirit of the Holocaust alive and well in Worthington, Adrian or Ellsworth? Is it in the school cafeteria, where the popular kids congregate with their kind and the stoners and the loners with theirs? Is it at home, where parents talk negatively about the community's influx of Hispanics, Asians and Somalis? Is that spirit alive within you -- a flicker of hatred toward gays, lesbians, blacks, Jews, Jehovah's Witness? ...
JASPER -- For the second consecutive year, a southwest Minnesota swine producer has been named Minnesota Pork Board's Environmental Steward of the Year award winner. Jim and JoAnn Veldkamp of rural Jasper received the honor earlier this month at Pork Congress in Minneapolis. The couple has seven wean-to-finish confinement barns on their property west of Jasper, and owns sow shares in Pipestone System -- a sow herd management company developed by Pipestone Veterinary Clinic. Pipestone System has farmer-members throughout the five-state area.
WORTHINGTON -- Round-Up Ready, corn borer resistant, Herculex Xtra, Liberty Link ... when it comes to selecting corn and soybean seed for the 2008 growing season, farmers have an abundance of choices. But what seed brand and variety is the best choice for producers? Richard Fellows, owner of Ocheda Seed Farm in rural Worthington, sells seed for three different companies -- NC+, Dairyland and, as of earlier this month, Legend. "Some of the seed (purchased) is personal preference, some of it is product knowledge," said Fellows.
LUVERNE -- The results of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) assessment -- identifying high levels of fecal coliform bacteria and poor water clarity in the Rock River -- were presented to a standing-room-only crowd of nearly 70 people in Luverne Thursday night. Hosted by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Mankato-based Water Resources Center (WRC), the event offered landowners within the Rock River watershed an opportunity to view data collected from the river during the past 10 years and ask questions not only about the testing, but about how to improve the river's water qualit
WORTHINGTON -- After 33 years in teaching, Rolf Mahlberg has never tired of his responsibility to feed the minds and encourage the efforts of his students -- a duty that has this homegrown teacher being honored by his peers. The former Worthington High School agriculture instructor who advanced to teaching college-age and non-traditional students at Minnesota West Community and Technical College was selected to represent the five-campus system for a statewide Award for Excellence in Teaching.