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 -- 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.
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.
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 -- 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 -- 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 -- 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.
ROUND LAKE -- Motorists driving past the Leonard Garms farm east of Round Lake have been greeted with the giant smiling face that has adorned the upper portion of the barn for nearly two decades. It was Garms' dad, John, who constructed the two-story barn back in 1916 to house the family's work horses and milk cows. When Leonard took over the operation, he continued to milk cows, and then raise pigs in the traditional wooden barn. Garms retired from farming in 1982, bringing an end to the sound of snorting pigs and clanging feeders in the barn.
WORTHINGTON -- Ask a nurse -- any nurse -- why they went into their profession and the likely answer will be that they want to help people. While that is true for Worthingtonians Audrey Reisdorfer, Julie Morphew and Jodie Morphew, what sets them apart is, perhaps, what binds them together. Reisdorfer watched three of her four daughters -- including her oldest, Julie -- graduate into the nursing profession.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- It stands as no comparison to Washington's Mount Rainier or Colorado's Mount Elbert, but as the highest peak in Iowa, Hawkeye Point will host a special Summit for Heroes event Saturday morning. The point, located on a farm northeast of Sibley -- two miles north of Iowa 9, just east of Iowa 60 on 130th Street -- will be the site of a ceremony to honor all Iowa law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.