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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LUVERNE -- What began as a way to celebrate the only state-owned buffalo herd in Minnesota has grown into the 22nd annual Buffalo Days celebration in Luverne, complete with a grand parade, craft fair and notorious buffalo chip-throwing contest. The event, slated for Friday through Sunday, coincides with the Minnesota State Park open house -- a weekend in which people can visit any state park within Minnesota's boundaries for free. "The community wanted to do something to ... show off Blue Mound State Park," Luverne Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dave Smith said.
WORTHINGTON -- Summer vacation is here -- or is soon to come -- for school-aged children in southwest Minnesota. For parents, it means making arrangements for child care and scheduling swimming lessons or other activities to keep kids busy. Invariably, a child's summer vacation creates issues for working parents who wonder, "When is a child old enough to stay home alone, or care for a younger sibling?" Karen DeBoer, director of Southwest Child Care Resource and Referral in Worthington, said it depends on the development of the child.
WORTHINGTON -- Agencies across southwest Minnesota have gathered together in recent months to conduct table-top drills, build stronger relationships and develop a system of coordinated response in the event of a natural disaster or pandemic situation. On Thursday, those agencies -- including law enforcement, public health, hospitals and emergency management -- came to the table again. But instead of acting out a scenario to supply vaccine to essential personnel or identify the county's emergency response locations, participants this time learned how to deal with the press. While movies and
WORTHINGTON -- With 600 trucks a day traveling Minnesota roadways, Lenny Pippin, CEO of Schwan Food Co., Marshall, realizes the importance of a safe and adequate transportation system. Pippin was one of a handful of individuals taking part in a press conference at the Worthington Regional Airport Wednesday afternoon campaigning for support of a constitutional amendment on transportation funding. The Minnesota Legislature voted in 1981 to direct all funds collected through the motor vehicle sales tax toward transportation projects within the state.
WORTHINGTON -- Car enthusiasts from the tri-state area are expected to converge on Worthington Saturday for the Spomer Classics-sponsored Show and Shine. Marv Spomer, event organizer, said everyone is welcome to bring their street rod, classic car "or anything" to the event, planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Spomer Classics lot, 322 Oxford Street.
LUVERNE -- Luverne City Council members voted Tuesday night to examine the feasibility of moving the town's City Hall to the former hospital and clinic building two blocks away. John Call, Luverne City Administrator, said the idea was raised a couple of months ago, and they decided to bring it "out in the open" Tuesday night to get public reaction to the possible move. City Hall has been a fixture on the corner of East Main and Cedar streets in Luverne for more than 30 years, occupying a building that was built in the late 1800s and served as a bank for many years. Call said the building is
WORTHINGTON -- With an estimated 10 years before the Lewis and Clark water system reaches southwest Minnesota, Dennis Healy of Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water told Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday his group is seeking an alternative water source to help service the region in the interim. Healy reported that the state has committed its final installment of $3.25 million to Lewis and Clark. At the same time, Congress voted on a $22 million appropriation for the project.
WORTHINGTON -- The typical high school student spends senior year finalizing college plans, finishing required class credits and coasting through spring fever toward graduation. Few high school seniors, however, can be classified as typical. Some work multiple jobs, some keep just as busy in sports and extra-curriculars, and some -- like Elizabeth Flores -- do the best they can to earn their high school diploma while caring for a child. Flores is one of approximately 175 students from Worthington High School who will walk across the platform Friday night to accept the coveted diploma.
WORTHINGTON -- Dairying has been a way of life for the Dave and Deb Vander Kooi and Dean and Carol Christopherson families of rural Worthington for generations. But the couples have more in common than simply milking Holsteins. On Sunday, they each watched as not their first, nor their second, but their third daughters were selected as finalists for Princess Kay of the Milky Way.
WORTHINGTON -- As walkers prepared for an afternoon stride around Lake Okabena Sunday, March of Dimes special events coordinator Louise Howard said the Southwest Prairie chapter had met nearly half of its $25,000 fund raising goal. The remainder, she expected, would be in by the end of the day. Approximately 200 individuals -- from infants to grandparents -- took part in Sunday's WalkAmerica walk around Lake Okabena to raise money and awareness for babies who are born prematurely. Jessica Noble, of rural Worthington, is a mother to one of those babies.