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 -- Thanks to a partnership between the city, its largest employer and regional agencies, a new, 24-unit townhome project will be under construction within the next year in Worthington. Lisa Graphenteen of the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership said the agency has received an allocation of low-income housing tax credits and funding through the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency and the Department of Employment and Economic Development for the project. The credits and funding, combined with a $50,000 contribution from JBS Swift and Co.
JACKSON -- Eleven hours after they began, those tasked with a hand recount of Minnesota's Senate race in Jackson County recorded 2,422 votes for incumbent Republican Norm Coleman, and 2,107 votes for Democratic challenger Al Franken. Jackson County Auditor-Treasurer Ben Pribyl said Tuesday morning that there were a "few little issues" during the day, ending with 99 ballots being challenged. Those ballots will now be sent to the Secretary of State's office for the State Canvassing Board to inspect. (For the complete story, please see Wednesday's Daily Globe or visit online at www.dglobe.com )
WORTHINGTON -- Less than a week after Nobles County Commissioners expressed their desire to get the spec building in Worthington's Bioscience Park sold, a special meeting took place Monday night to entertain an offer from the City of Worthington on the property. The city, one of several partners in the construction of the spec building nearly three years ago, wants to move forward with plans to create a training and testing center in a portion of the building.
BREWSTER -- Nobles County 4-H'ers and their families gathered in Brewster Saturday evening for the annual 4-H Achievement Banquet.
WORTHINGTON -- Members of a community housing group announced plans Thursday to begin a feeding ministry in Worthington after the first of the year. The program is one aspect the group is working on to address the needs of the homeless and needy in the community. Jan Johnson-Ojinnaka, of the Southwest Crisis Center, said there are several details yet to be worked out -- including finding a place in the community to host the program. She said the group would like to begin the program on Jan.
WORTHINGTON -- Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken picked up one vote over incumbent Republican Norm Coleman after a Nobles County hand recount that took more than four and a half hours Wednesday in the Farmers Room of the Nobles County Government Center in Worthington. The extra vote was likely caused by the voter marking a faint "x" instead of filling in the oval for Franken.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners provided a clear message during a Tuesday morning board meeting with Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. manager Glenn Thuringer -- they want to get the spec building in Worthington's Bioscience Park sold. It has been more than 2½ years since the county and city broke ground on the 15,000-square-foot building and it has yet to be occupied by a business.
LUVERNE -- Roughly the size of two semi trailers and weighing nearly 80 tons, groundbreaking wind-to-battery technology was unveiled in the middle of farm fields northwest of Beaver Creek Monday morning. The battery, the first of its kind to be tested in the United States, will help partners Xcel Energy and Luverne-based Minwind Energy capture and store power produced by the 11.5-megawatt Minwind Energy wind farm. "You don't have to drive very far outside of Luverne to see the progress that we've made," said Dave Sparby, president and CEO of Northern States Power Co., a subsidiary of Xcel En
ADRIAN -- Andy Wagner has witnessed amazing changes in farming technology through the windows of his homestead northeast of Adrian these last 87 years. One thing that hasn't changed over time, however, is his dedication to leave the land in as good of, if not better, condition than when he farmed it. Wagner and his wife of 64 years, Geraldine, will be honored in early December as Nobles County Soil and Water Conservation District's Conservationists of the Year, during the SWCD's annual convention in St. Paul.
WORTHINGTON -- If there is one word Pat Brandt could use to describe Christmas it would be "anticipation." This year, more than ever, there is an anticipation in the Brandt home just outside of Worthington -- anticipation of the guests that will walk through their decorated holiday home during the seventh annual Hospice Cottage Christmas Walk this Friday and Saturday. The Brandts, Fred and Pat, are one of five families to open their homes to the public as a fundraiser for Worthington's Hospice Cottage, Inc.