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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LAKE WILSON -- Graduates and former students of Lake Wilson Public School filled the bleachers and gymnasium floor Saturday afternoon to share memories about their school and to dedicate a memorial that will forever remind the community of the importance the school once had on this small, Murray County community. Janet Smith Timmerman of the Chandler-Lake Wilson class of 1976 said it best when she declared the greatest resource to come from the school was its students -- students who left the hallowed halls of Lake Wilson behind for greater opportunities and grander dreams. As part of the co
WINDOM -- Preliminary estimates on the Minnesota 60 expansion project from Bigelow to Worthington are in, and the cost is hovering around $75 million, according to Jim Swanson, district engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). Swanson was among several MnDOT representatives to attend Friday's meeting of the Southwest Minnesota Highway 60 Corporation in Windom. He provided the more than one dozen attendees with updates about the expansion project, progress on the Bigelow bypass and the status of completing the four-lane highway expansion between Windom and St.
WORTHINGTON -- A benefit for the Johnny Bents family of rural Iona will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Westminster Presbyterian Church's Geneva Hall, 230 Clary St., Worthington. The home Bents and his children reside in along the Nobles-Murray county line was damaged by a tornado on June 11. The benefit includes a pork sandwich meal, with free-will donations accepted. Bents and two of his four children were home at the time the tornado struck. They took cover in the basement of the farm house and were not injured. "It was weird.
WORTHINGTON -- Grab a plate and get ready to catch your breakfast. Chris' Cakes will serve free pancakes from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday from the FFA Foodstand on the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington as part of the Breakfast on the Farm event. The public is invited to attend. In addition to a free breakfast, sponsors will offer free potato chips and French fries prepared in trans-fat-free linolenic soybean oil.
WORTHINGTON -- More than a dozen amateur radio operators from throughout southwest Minnesota are expected to be in Worthington Saturday for a Ham Radio Field Day at the local airport. The event caps off Amateur Radio Week, which is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio. The Worthington Amateur Radio Club is hosting the event. Dan Anderson, a local amateur radio operator and district emergency coordinator for Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES), said the public is invited to the field day, which begins at 1 p.m.
RUSHMORE -- Rushmore will celebrate its second annual Pride and Heritage Days this weekend, beginning with a Rushmore Lions Club-sponsored pork chop supper from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday under the big tent on Main Street. Proceeds from the meal, which includes a grilled Iowa chop, baked potato and fixings, corn, apple sauce, bun and lemonade, go to the Rushmore Lions organization. A full slate of events is planned for Saturday, beginning with a kids carnival and inflatable games offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Rushmore school park.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners approved a State of Emergency and Presidential Declaration of a Major Disaster during a special board meeting on Tuesday. The approvals set in motion a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for financial assistance to repair damages from heavy rains and flooding in Nobles County since June 7. Just one week ago, Nobles County Emergency Management director Dan Anderson appeared before commissioners with a request for assistance to reach all township and small city leaders before Friday to get damage estimates from flooding. Anders
WORTHINGTON -- I remember well the day I learned to fear the massive four-legged beast. I was about 10 years old, teaching my goat Princess how to walk with a lead rope in the cattle pasture when, all of a sudden, I heard these thundering footsteps behind me. Just as I thought my little Princess couldn't possibly make that much noise I turned around to see Big Red, my oldest brother's Limousin steer, with his head down and charging right for me and my goat. I dove for cover in the wooden hay manger while screaming for Princess to run -- run for her life. Princess survived.
WORTHINGTON -- There is a vicious cycle running through the agricultural industry today, and it could be months, perhaps years, before any relief is in sight. While consumers complain about the high cost of food in the grocery store and the pain at the gas pump, many have pointed fingers at the American farmer and blamed him for their troubles. What they don't realize is the American farmer is experiencing those same, higher bills. Across Minnesota and nationwide, livestock producers are in a difficult situation.
BEAVER CREEK -- Though their farm is just a mile south of Interstate 90, along a stretch of gravel road in far western Rock County, Mary and Clair Crawford have noticed a few more slow-moving vehicles drive by -- and no, they aren't all farm implements. Traffic has picked up along this rural road for one reason -- a series of 10 quilts Mary painted on the side of the Crawford farm's vacated hog barn. It was about two years ago when Mary Crawford asked her husband what his plans were for the building. Was he going to tear it down or just leave it to weather in the wind?