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 -- Rural Round Lake farmer Tom Wiese pointed out a winged aphid on the underside of a leaf in his soybean field Wednesday morning, as crops specialist Liz Stahl, of the Regional Extension Center in Worthington, looked on. Aphid populations across southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa have been excessive in recent weeks, forcing many farmers to not only apply insecticide, but continue monitoring their fields just in case there's a second explosion of the yield-robbing pests. Wiese, who sprayed his bean field two to three weeks ago, found high numbers of aphids again on Sunday, bu
SIBLEY, Iowa -- While there is still a bit of unpacking to do, the Osceola County Extension Office is, for the most part, settled into its new headquarters inside the former Sterler home on Hawkeye Point, a few miles north of Sibley. The move is the first of many steps the Hawkeye Point Foundation has outlined in developing the site as a tourist attraction. Hawkeye Point, home to the highest point in Iowa, was recently gifted to Osceola County by the Donna Sterler family.
WORTHINGTON -- Streaming purple ribbons are dangling from each of Robert Lynn's exhibits in the open class building at the Nobles County Fair in Worthington this weekend. The retired farmer from rural Lismore has been collecting the purple beauties for the past several years for his intricate woodwork designs known as intarsia. This year his intarsia entry is a bald eagle, crafted from numerous shades of cedar. "When we go somewhere, if we see a board we like, we pick it up," Lynn said of trips made to lumberyards with his wife Jeannette.
WORTHINGTON -- A new program offered to Nobles County 4-H members this year has helped boost the number of exhibitors in the beef project -- and given some kids their first opportunity to exhibit a calf at the county fair. Seventeen 4-H members enrolled in the New Vision Co-op Calf program in its inaugural year, and 12 have never exhibited a beef animal before at the fair. Those numbers are promising for 4-H adult leaders Bruce Lubben, Jason Behrens and Thomas Cunningham, who organized the program.
Any mother would love to hear the words, "Mom, I'm taking over the kitchen," from her son, especially when the results are meals such as cheesy manicotti, fried chicken with pepper sauce or inside-out pork chops. Karen and Ben Cook of Adrian have been treated to those dishes and more for the past several weeks, as the oldest of their four children, Matthew, honed his skills on dishes he entered in the foods and nutrition project at the Nobles County Fair in Worthington. The fair officially kicks off today, and Cook's food projects are pictured inside McCarvel Hall on the fairgrounds, alongsi
WORTHINGTON -- Approximately 20 parcels will benefit from improvements to be made to the J-1 Branch of Judicial Ditch 5, following approval from the Nobles County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. Several affected property owners attended the board meeting to voice both support for replacing the 12-inch plastic tile and concern for the costs to be assessed to them.
WORTHINGTON -- Today is one of those Dog Days of summer -- literally -- at the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington. Though the fair doesn't officially kick off until Thursday, the 4-H dog show takes center stage this morning, beginning at 8 a.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners and Worthington City Council members gathered for a joint meeting early Monday morning to discuss the benefits and cost of a computer-aided dispatch program for city and county law enforcement. Worthington Director of Public Safety Mike Cumiskey said talks regarding the system have been ongoing for four years, and its need is growing increasingly evident. While the need was echoed by both city and county leaders Monday, the concern over funding the system -- at an estimated cost of nearly $700,000 -- was equally voiced. "I saw this," said Commissio
WORTHINGTON -- As a result of some reclassification, the number of active tuberculosis cases in Nobles County now stands at four, including two adults and two children under the age of 5, while the number of suspected cases has grown to nine. All of the cases have surfaced since April. According to Nobles-Rock Community Health Services, which is required to report both active and latent, or inactive, TB cases to the Minnesota Department of Health, the county sees just one TB case on average each year.
One by one they walked to the microphone, sat down and shared their death-defying experiences on a stretch of Minnesota 60 that not once, not twice, but three times changes from two-lane to four-lane traffic between Windom and St.