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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BREWSTER -- Members of the New Vision Cooperative board of directors joined officials from the City of Brewster Tuesday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of what will become a $10-million-plus fertilizer facility on the west edge of town. The fertilizer plant, once it's finished next spring, will have the capacity to receive 100 car trains of fertilizer, unload 10,000 tons of fertilizer within 15 hours, load out 700 tons per hour and store up to 45,000 tons on site. The computer-controlled terminal and storage area will amount to about 1.5 acres under roof.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Nine months after Minnesota's law to eliminate smoking in public places took effect, its neighbor to the south begins its new law, the Iowa Smokefree Air Act.
WORTHINGTON -- As members of the Worthington Amateur Radio Club continued to set up their equipment Saturday afternoon for an Amateur Radio Field Day, Dan Anderson connected over the airwaves with a fellow ham radio operator from Wisconsin. It was the first of 48 connections made during the event, which included area ham radio operators as young as age 11 to senior citizens. That Anderson connected with someone from Wisconsin was no small feat -- he was only operating on 20 watts of power.
LAKE WILSON -- Graduates and former students of Lake Wilson Public School filled the bleachers and gymnasium floor Saturday afternoon to share memories about their school and to dedicate a memorial that will forever remind the community of the importance the school once had on this small, Murray County community. Janet Smith Timmerman of the Chandler-Lake Wilson class of 1976 said it best when she declared the greatest resource to come from the school was its students -- students who left the hallowed halls of Lake Wilson behind for greater opportunities and grander dreams. As part of the co
WINDOM -- Preliminary estimates on the Minnesota 60 expansion project from Bigelow to Worthington are in, and the cost is hovering around $75 million, according to Jim Swanson, district engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). Swanson was among several MnDOT representatives to attend Friday's meeting of the Southwest Minnesota Highway 60 Corporation in Windom. He provided the more than one dozen attendees with updates about the expansion project, progress on the Bigelow bypass and the status of completing the four-lane highway expansion between Windom and St.
WORTHINGTON -- A benefit for the Johnny Bents family of rural Iona will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Westminster Presbyterian Church's Geneva Hall, 230 Clary St., Worthington. The home Bents and his children reside in along the Nobles-Murray county line was damaged by a tornado on June 11. The benefit includes a pork sandwich meal, with free-will donations accepted. Bents and two of his four children were home at the time the tornado struck. They took cover in the basement of the farm house and were not injured. "It was weird.
WORTHINGTON -- Grab a plate and get ready to catch your breakfast. Chris' Cakes will serve free pancakes from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday from the FFA Foodstand on the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington as part of the Breakfast on the Farm event. The public is invited to attend. In addition to a free breakfast, sponsors will offer free potato chips and French fries prepared in trans-fat-free linolenic soybean oil.
RUSHMORE -- Rushmore will celebrate its second annual Pride and Heritage Days this weekend, beginning with a Rushmore Lions Club-sponsored pork chop supper from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday under the big tent on Main Street. Proceeds from the meal, which includes a grilled Iowa chop, baked potato and fixings, corn, apple sauce, bun and lemonade, go to the Rushmore Lions organization. A full slate of events is planned for Saturday, beginning with a kids carnival and inflatable games offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Rushmore school park.
WORTHINGTON -- More than a dozen amateur radio operators from throughout southwest Minnesota are expected to be in Worthington Saturday for a Ham Radio Field Day at the local airport. The event caps off Amateur Radio Week, which is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio. The Worthington Amateur Radio Club is hosting the event. Dan Anderson, a local amateur radio operator and district emergency coordinator for Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES), said the public is invited to the field day, which begins at 1 p.m.
BEAVER CREEK -- Though their farm is just a mile south of Interstate 90, along a stretch of gravel road in far western Rock County, Mary and Clair Crawford have noticed a few more slow-moving vehicles drive by -- and no, they aren't all farm implements. Traffic has picked up along this rural road for one reason -- a series of 10 quilts Mary painted on the side of the Crawford farm's vacated hog barn. It was about two years ago when Mary Crawford asked her husband what his plans were for the building. Was he going to tear it down or just leave it to weather in the wind?