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 -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday spent three hours pouring over budgets, specifically those of three departments -- sheriff, county recorder and auditor-treasurer -- in the first of several planned work sessions before certification of the 2007-2008 levy on Sept. 15. County Administrator Mel Ruppert said based on departmental budget requests, the county faces a levy increase of $778,140 for 2007.
WORTHINGTON -- When District 518 set out a few years ago to establish after-school programming to promote academic achievement among the community's diverse populations, they learned the task wasn't as easy as it seemed. With language and cultural differences, it was quickly realized that in order to reach the students the district targeted for the programs, they first needed to reach the parents. It was then that District 518 Community Education Director Jerry Fiola learned of California-based Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE -- pronounced P-K), an organization that developed th
WORTHINGTON -- There's a steady hum in the computer lab at Worthington Christian School now, but once the school year begins in just another week, the steady hum will turn into a constant clicking of the keyboard. When students start class at Worthington Christian, they will enjoy the convenience and accessibility of the school's new computer lab.
FALCON HEIGHTS -- While neither Nobles County Princess Kay finalist will return home with the grand crown, DiDi Christopherson and Kia Vander Kooi will -- at the very least -- have their likeness carved in 90-pound blocks of butter at the Minnesota State Fair within the next week. Christopherson and Vander Kooi were among 12 girls vying to represent Minnesota's dairy industry as the 53rd Princess Kay of the Milky Way Wednesday night at the state fairgrounds in Falcon Heights.
LUVERNE -- With the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks approaching on Sept. 11, Diane Sherwood continues to do all she can to help rescue workers battling health issues due to exposure of toxins and chemicals they encountered at Ground Zero during cleanup of the World Trade Center's twin towers. On Saturday, the Luverne woman has organized the fourth annual Remember Rally, a motorcycle ride aimed at raising funds to help rescue workers and their families with mounting medical bills.
WORTHINGTON -- For participants in a curbside recycling program, stuffing a green plastic tote with newspapers, tin cans and plastic bottles and placing it along the curb once a week takes little effort. And if a person puts something in the tote that isn't recyclable, it is returned to that person to dispose of elsewhere. But for rural residents who leave their recyclables at dumpsters placed throughout the county, Schaap Sanitation doesn't have the luxury of returning non-recyclable material to its owner. "We're not going to leave it there and create a mess," said Eric Joens, Schaap Sanit
WORTHINGTON -- If the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) meets its goal to eliminate all backyard burn barrels in the state by 2010, garbage haulers like Schaap Sanitation of Worthington stand to see a boom in business growth. At the same time, Schaap, which also manages the county's recycling program, could see an increase in the amount of materials residents recycle. Eric Joens, Schaap's district manager, said that while rural residents are among the best recyclers in the county, there is always room for improvement.
WORTHINGTON -- Rural residents are considered to be the best recyclers in Nobles County, but according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) they -- along with all of southwest Minnesota's rural population -- appear behind the times when it comes to using burn barrels on their farms. In 1969, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law banning all backyard burning of refuse.
WORTHINGTON -- Ananaya Alwal and Otidi Ochogi scrunched up their noses as they slid scoops underneath cow pies that had landed in the aisle of the 4-H dairy barn Friday afternoon. It was just another day at the fair for the girls -- helping their friend and fellow 4-H'er, Sarah Cham, during her shift to watch over dairy animals on exhibit by members of the Ocheda Beavers 4-H Club. Cham has two Holsteins at the fair this year, a winter senior yearling and a winter calf.