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 -- Following the second public hearing in as many weeks regarding zoning of the one-half mile area surrounding Worthington's city limits, Nobles County Planning & Zoning commissioners approved the new land use and zoning maps and ordinance Wednesday night. The ordinance and maps will now go before the Nobles County Board of Commissioners on April 8 for final approval. Wayne Smith, director of Nobles County Environmental Services, presented newly altered maps during Wednesday night's meeting -- changes made since public comment was given at the March 12 meeting.
WORTHINGTON -- Several years after a Parents Forever class was first offered in Nobles County, the program is returning with the intent of being offered biannually. The curriculum was originally designed for parents who are going through a divorce, although it is open now to parents who have never married who are dealing with custodial issues.
WORTHINGTON -- The fourth annual Bioscience Conference is just days away in Worthington, and speakers for the two-day event are putting the final touches on their presentations. The Thursday-Friday conference promises some of the most intriguing people and informative subjects in the bioscience arena -- and the premise that Worthington and the tri-state region can position itself for future growth and development in the industry. The conference will take place in the Fine Arts building on the Minnesota West Community and Technical College campus in Worthington.
After 15 years owning and operating a towing business in Worthington, Mark Nelson has switched gears a little bit. He's still the owner of the towing company, although his son and daughter-in-law, Jeremy and Diana, have taken over the day-to-day operations, but these days, it's his new venture into the rental business that has Nelson and his wife, Lori, on their toes. The Nelsons purchased Tri-State Rental Center, 1474 N.
WORTHINGTON -- Darlene Vortherms knows what it takes to be a breast cancer survivor. She watched her mom go through treatment at age 70, and then her oldest sister, Marge, went through radiation and chemotherapy at the age of 50 for breast cancer. The odds were good that Vortherms and her sister Rose would develop breast cancer after they were each diagnosed with fibrocystic disease. As a result, both women had a bilateral mastectomy when they reached age 49.
WORTHINGTON -- While the seemingly endless winter generated plenty of grumbling and bundling up for humans, it did little to harm the abundant pheasant population throughout Nobles County. The Nobles County Pheasants Forever Chapter can't take all the credit for increased populations, but the organization's efforts over the past 25 years have certainly played an important role. Brothers Marlyn and Daryl Boots have served as Pheasants Forever promoters and volunteers since the early 1990s.
WORTHINGTON -- Increasing crime and the nature of those crimes are two primary reasons to expand the county attorney's office to five full-time lawyers, Nobles County Attorney Gordon Moore cites in his request. That request, and how the department will be financed, continues to be worked out between county commissioners and the City of Worthington. Since the full-time county attorney's office was established in 2003, the department has provided prosecution services to the city in exchange for the city funding 25 percent of the department.
WORTHINGTON -- After denying a request from Sheriff Kent Wilkening last summer to budget money for replacing the video visitation system at Prairie Justice Center, Nobles County commissioners face a more dire situation today. Wilkening, along with jail administrator Monette Soderholm, came before commissioners on Tuesday to report the system, which has been in place since PJC opened, is down to one visiting booth for its maximum-security inmates.
WORTHINGTON -- A project many feared wouldn't be completed in their lifetime is moving full steam ahead, thanks to the legislature's late February override of Minnesota's transportation funding package. "For the first time in all the years I've been working on this, it's good news today," said Minnesota Department of Transportation's Peter Harff, who serves as project manager for the Minnesota 60 four-lane expansion project. The good news is the Minnesota 60 expansion project is back in the forefront of District 7's construction plans.
WORTHINGTON -- While the Minnesota 60 four-lane expansion project from Bigelow to Worthington is still a couple of years away, construction will be in full force in a few weeks to complete the Bigelow bypass project. Construction is slated to start April 4, with the road open for travel by the end of the roadwork season. Of course, road construction means detours, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation has released its detour routes during the remainder of the project. As of early April, traffic on Minnesota 60 will be detoured at the Y-intersection southwest of Worthington, with ve