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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ADRIAN -- Andy Wagner has witnessed amazing changes in farming technology through the windows of his homestead northeast of Adrian these last 87 years. One thing that hasn't changed over time, however, is his dedication to leave the land in as good of, if not better, condition than when he farmed it. Wagner and his wife of 64 years, Geraldine, will be honored in early December as Nobles County Soil and Water Conservation District's Conservationists of the Year, during the SWCD's annual convention in St. Paul.
WORTHINGTON -- If there is one word Pat Brandt could use to describe Christmas it would be "anticipation." This year, more than ever, there is an anticipation in the Brandt home just outside of Worthington -- anticipation of the guests that will walk through their decorated holiday home during the seventh annual Hospice Cottage Christmas Walk this Friday and Saturday. The Brandts, Fred and Pat, are one of five families to open their homes to the public as a fundraiser for Worthington's Hospice Cottage, Inc.
WORTHINGTON -- In her 32 years in the Nobles County Auditor's Office, Sharon Balster said the impending ballot recount in Minnesota's senate race is the largest she will ever experience. Inundated with phone calls from the offices of both Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and his Democratic challenger, Al Franken, Balster said Thursday that things are finally starting to quiet down a bit.
LUVERNE -- While it isn't enough to cover even half of the expenses the county has incurred in its response to a tuberculosis outbreak in Nobles County this summer, a $10,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Health will help alleviate some of the budget woes. Brad Meyer, director of Nobles-Rock Community Health Services, told board members Wednesday afternoon that the money was offered as part of funds the state agency had to distribute by the end of the year. "It isn't much, but every little bit will help," Meyer told board members. Public Health Nurse Barb Navara reported that the l
Tuesday morning's freezing rain led to slippery roads, treacherous sidewalks and the first school closings of the season for districts across southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa. For area school superintendents, dipping into their bank of snow days this early in the season is certainly a cause for concern. After all, most districts today have little to no allowance for an all-day school cancellation.
WORTHINGTON -- On the first day of Minnesota's Winter Hazard Awareness Week Monday, a second winter weather advisory of the season had been posted for the southwest corner of the state. While most people experienced the season's first taste of driving on slippery, snow-covered roads late last week, Nobles County Emergency Management Director Dan Anderson said motorists should take certain steps to prepare for winter driving on Minnesota's highways and byways. Whether its making sure the vehicle's tires have enough tread for snow- or ice-covered roads or compiling a winter car survival kit, A
WORTHINGTON -- When the Minnesota legislature set aside $1 million to establish a Livestock Investment Grant program in the state earlier this year, lawmakers had no idea just how well received the program would become. Their goal was to provide a boost to animal agriculture in the state by awarding money to livestock producers planning upgrades to existing facilities, new construction or expansion projects. In all, nearly 600 applications were received, with grant requests totaling $11 million -- far more money than what was available. During the annual meeting of the Minnesota Agri-Growth
LUVERNE -- A question posed to voters in two communities and one township in the region proved that not everyone is ready to allow their local businesses to serve up a glass of wine or a mixed drink on Sundays. The Sunday liquor measure was defeated in Luverne and in Midway Township of Cottonwood County, while the voters of Lismore approved the measure by a margin of nearly 3-1. Pam Erdman, co-owner of the Lismore Bar & Grill was pleased with the 78 votes cast in favor of Sunday liquor in the community.
WORTHINGTON -- It was a night for the incumbents in the Nobles County races for Commissioner in District 2 and District 5, with Vern Leistico earning 1,096 votes to Lee McAllister's 868 votes in District 5; and Diane Thier taking District 2 with 1,067 votes to Daryl Behrends' 659 votes. Leistico, a first-term incumbent, said he was a "little leery" about Tuesday's outcome, but in the end, "I'm just very pleased that I won," he said. "I'm looking forward to serving another four years, and I appreciate and would like to thank everybody that did vote for me," Leistico said. In the District 2 C
SLAYTON -- Two Murray County barns made it a clean sweep in the first-ever Minnesota Barn of the Year contest sponsored by the Friends of Minnesota Barns. The awards were presented Oct. 25 at the Woodhill Country Club barn in Wayzata. Grand prize in the family-owned division went to Lee Leysen, who completely restored a barn he purchased and moved to Breezy Point at Lake Shetek in 1999. The barn was built in 1929 on the Holum Brothers farm. Taking first place in the group-owned division was Murray County, owners of the historic round barn on the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton.