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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LOWER BRULE, S.D. -- He has released 10 CDs, performed hundreds of concerts and is now the subject of a book that debuted just two weeks ago. Paul Summers LaRoche, born in Pierre, S.D., and raised in Worthington by adoptive parents Clarence and Irma Summers, will return to Worthington this week to promote "Hidden Heritage: The Story of Paul LaRoche." The 256-page book was written by Minnesota author Barbara Marshak, who will join LaRoche in a book signing event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Rune's Furniture.
SLAYTON -- A 20-year-old Slayton man was killed when the Ultra light aircraft he was piloting crashed into a soybean field just west of the Slayton Municipal Airport Friday morning. Benjamin Quiring, who was piloting a Fisher Model FP303 out of Slayton's airport, was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash was reported at approximately 11:18 a.m.
BREWSTER -- They don't farm hundreds of acres of corn and soybeans -- nor do they own a cattle feedlot or a trio of hog confinement barns -- but the Kerry and Janna Williams family of Brewster does have a commitment to growing quality foods that end up on consumers' tables across the Upper Midwest. The Williamses, along with their three children, Laura, 11, Evan, 8, and Isaac, 6, are the 2006 Nobles County Farm Family of the Year.
WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota West Community and Technical College is branching out -- again. With five main campuses in southwest Minnesota, college president Ron Wood announced Wednesday the opening of Minnesota West-Fairmont Center. The facility, housed within the Southern Minnesota Education Center, 115 S.
WORTHINGTON -- The ties that bind Worthington with Cuero, Texas, have for many years revolved around the traveling trophy of tumultuous triumph -- awarded to the fastest turkey, Worthington's Paycheck or Cuero's Ruby Begonia, during annual races at King Turkey Day and Cuero's Turkeyfest. Now, the ties of the two communities -- each of which touts itself as the Turkey Capitol of the World -- have grown stronger thanks to the 4-H organization. When Nobles County 4-H program coordinator Kile Behrends accompanied the King Turkey Day race team to Cuero two years ago, she was introduced to the sec
BEAVER CREEK -- He's spent 20 years traveling the Arctic, but on Monday, it was the wind turbines and an ethanol plant that garnered the attention of renowned polar explorer Will Steger. Steger, on a whirlwind excursion through southwest Minnesota, made stops at the Agri-Energy LLC ethanol plant in Luverne Monday morning before visiting the Minwind Biodiesel Peaking Plant in Beaver Creek. Later stops were planned in Pipestone at the Jim Nichols wind farm and at the Northern Plains Dairy's methane digester in rural St.
LAKEFIELD -- "It's boots and chaps; It's cowboy hats; It's spurs and latigo; It's the ropes and the reins; And the joy and the pain; And they call the thing Rodeo..." That song, made popular by country music artist Garth Brooks in the 1990s, prepared attendees for what was to come Saturday night on the rodeo grounds of Sparks Park in Lakefield. Spectators filled the stands on both sides of the arena to watch cowboys and cowgirls beat the clock in the 17th annual MRA- (Minnesota Rodeo Association) and URA- (United Rodeo Association) sanctioned event.
WORTHINGTON -- Fourteen-year-old Tanner Baumgard sat in the bleachers and watched as people walked along the luminaried track Friday evening. He listened as young girls belted out tunes at the microphone; and his parents sat at his side thankful to be at this place -- at this time -- experiencing their first Relay for Life event with their curly-haired son. A year ago, Mike and Deann Baumgard weren't sure they would still have Tanner with them for this year's Relay. In April 2005, their son was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.
WORTHINGTON -- Estimated market values for Nobles County agricultural land have risen in all but one year during the last two decades, reaching an all-time high in 2006 at more than $1 billion. According to recent ag land sales, the trend is likely to continue, said Nobles County assessor Byron Swart. There were 31 agricultural parcels -- a total of 3,118 acres -- sold between Oct. 1, 2004 and Sept. 30, 2005, garnering an average of $2,485 per acre.
WORTHINGTON -- "When my ancestors came, it was different." Dr.