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 -- For the most part, farmers across the country have been pleased with federal Farm Bill legislation enacted in 2002. But with the bill up for debate in 2007, Minnesota Sen.
ADRIAN -- Eleven years ago this week, Chris Hodapp took a plate of cookies and a collection of muffins to the Nobles County Fair.
JACKSON -- It used to be that when a goat was chased into the auction ring at a local sale barn, the farmers would snicker and wait for the real livestock -- sheep, cattle and pigs, to be brought into the ring.
WORTHINGTON -- In the first six months of this year, usage at both the Worthington Christian Church Food Pantry and Manna Food Pantry has increased considerably compared to the same six-month period last year. Chalk it up to paying more at the gas pump, larger households or the loss of a wage earner -- whatever the reason, the needs are real in Nobles County. At Manna Food Pantry, located in the lower level of Worthington's Westminster Presbyterian Church, director Gene Foth recorded 567 more households served between Jan.
WORTHINGTON -- The 2006-2007 school year will begin at Worthington High School in a few short weeks with two new leaders at the helm. District 518 hired Scott Backer earlier this summer to be the school's new principal. He comes to the district with 31 years in the education field, working his way up from a science teacher to assistant principal and, for the past six years as a principal.
WORTHINGTON -- Four weeks from today, the new Hi-Ho Nursery School will bustle with children pretending to make food in the play kitchen, building cabins with Lincoln Logs and learning the alphabet on a colorful new rug adorning the floor. The nursery school, forced to move following last spring's retirement of Julie Kuiper, has been purchased by Worthington Christian School and now inhabits a corner of the Christian school building, located at 1770 Eleanor St. The facility will begin classes Sept. 6. Open to children ages 3 through 5, the preschool offers classes Monday through Friday.
WORTHINGTON -- More than 60 people representing the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Energy and the Natural Resource Conservation Service arrived in Worthington Tuesday evening in the midst of a whirlwind, three-state Mid-America Rural Tour. The group will tour Prairie Holdings this morning in Worthington before moving on to stops at Minnesota Soybean Processors in Brewster and Heron Lake BioEnergy. The day will include a ground-breaking ceremony for a new hospital in St.
WORTHINGTON -- So, you think you make the world's best ribs? Here's your chance to show off your skills. The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking entrants for the first contest among local barbecuers at Rib Fest later this month at Pioneer Village. Restaurants, service clubs or home grill masters are invited to take part, according to Mike Kuhle, one of the event's organizers. The event is sponsored by Swift & Co. of Worthington, and ribs may be purchased locally from W-2 Quality Meats for the contest. The preparer of the best ribs will be selected based on public voting.
WORTHINGTON -- The flags fly high, people wave and cheer, and ceremonies with community and state dignitaries are filled with pomp and circumstance. It's a scene many people in southwest Minnesota have experienced in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001 -- since the citizen soldiers went off to war half a world away and returned home following their tour of duty. What happens, though, to the soldiers who left for battle not with a hometown unit but on their own? They have no return celebration in their honor.
WORTHINGTON -- It's been nearly two months since Nobles-Rock Public Health Services carried out a preparedness drill on a make-believe flu pandemic in both Worthington and Luverne. The event attracted dozens of volunteers to help operate fictitious mass-dispensing clinics -- volunteers who had been enlisted by the NRPHS in recent months. Now, a statewide campaign has begun to create a database of volunteers willing to help their fellow man in the event of an emergency or disaster situation.