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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OKABENA -- She may not fit the stereotypes often placed on FFA members ...
WORTHINGTON -- New, long-overdue federal farm legislation overcame a major hurdle Thursday when it was approved by both the House and Senate conference committees. The $300 billion farm bill is expected to head to the full House and Senate as early as Wednesday. During a conference call with Minnesota reporters early Thursday afternoon, Republican Sen.
WORTHINGTON -- It has been a topic of discussion for the Worthington City Council for several years, but the message to more than 150 seniors gathered for a Spring Fling Thursday was that the process to find a new location for a senior citizen center in the community continues. "We're back to trying to find a location," Mike Woll told the group of Nobles County seniors gathered over lunch at Worthington's American Reformed Church. Woll was joined by fellow aldermen Lyle Ten Haken and Bob Petrich in a noon forum to highlight local issues.
WINDOM -- A San Francisco, Calif.-based company working to get landowners to sign lease agreements for potential wind development has some local leaders concerned that people won't take a good enough look before they leap. With seemingly too-good-to-be-true promises of $40,000 per year payments to landowners if a wind turbine is erected on their property, and requests for 25-year -- and up to 99-year -- lease agreements, Cottonwood County Commissioner Gary Sorenson is one of several skeptics. Sorenson, who attended an informational meeting hosted by Central States Wind Farms, a Gold Pact Pow
WORTHINGTON -- Gary Hibma held up two large pieces of wood lying atop a cupboard in his workshop and pointed out how the intricately carved table legs had separated into several smaller pieces.
WORTHINGTON -- In the first two full years of existence, the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force (BRDTF) initiated more than 415 investigations, made 179 arrests (115 of which were felonies), seized $928,500 in street-value drugs and seized 63 firearms from Nobles, Rock, Murray and Pipestone counties. As for gang enforcement, 12 arrests have been made, 86 new entries into gangs have been documented, and 117 files have been updated.
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington High School FFA teams took first and third place last week at the regional Envirothon contest at Camden State Park near Lynd. The five-member teams competed April 30 in the contest, which included wildlife, soils, forestry and aquatics judging, as well as a 10-minute presentation on a current event. Both teams will now advance to the State Envirothon, hosted by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, on May 14 in Fergus Falls. Envirothon team members had been preparing for the contest since early April, practicing both durin
WORTHINGTON -- Southwest Minnesota FFA members have proven they know their stuff when it comes to judging a good piece of meat and meat cuts. During the 79th annual Minnesota FFA Convention in St. Paul last week, area teams took six of the top 10 spots in the meat contest, with Jackson County Central (JCC) earning first place and a trip to the National FFA Convention this fall. Also in the top 10 were Pipestone Area, second; Westbrook-Walnut Grove, third; Southwest Star Concept, fourth; Fulda, sixth; and Hills-Beaver Creek, eighth.
WORTHINGTON -- The first of the nationwide economic stimulus payments were sent out last week, and it appears the checks aren't all they were hyped up to be. Carolee Anderson, owner of H&R Block in Worthington, said her office has been flooded with calls from local residents wondering why they didn't receive as much as they anticipated. Since the payment plan was unveiled by the federal government, people have focused in on three different dollar amounts -- a $600 check for single filers, a $1,200 check for joint filers and an additional $300 per child age 17 and younger claimed on a person'
WORTHINGTON -- After 22 years in the real estate business, Lon Standafer of Worthington decided to make a change. His new career, however, isn't too far removed from the experiences he gained while selling homes throughout the area. In mid-January, Standafer left Johnson Builders & Realtors to start his own business, Tri State Inspections, after Marv Heeren retired at the end of 2007 from his inspection business. "I just felt the time was right to make a change," said Standafer.