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 -- It is a sign you wouldn't expect to see during the holidays, when shoppers are out in full force spending their hard-earned money on gifts for their family and friends. Nevertheless, stores come and stores go -- and communities like Worthington and Luverne are seeing a bit of both these days. Closing businesses have been a much-discussed topic in Worthington lately.
WORTHINGTON -- Seeing is believing ... or in the case of the proposed Minnesota 60 four-lane project from Bigelow to Worthington, visualizing means thinking something may actually happen with the project in the next 15 years. Minnesota Department of Transportation's District 7 project manager Peter Harff was in Worthington Thursday to meet with landowners along Minnesota 60 regarding highway access and drainage issues.
WORTHINGTON -- Doug Bullerman of Son-D-Farms Inc. of Adrian was called before the Nobles County Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night to respond to allegations he violated a conditional use permit. Bullerman was granted a permit in March to spread manure on a parcel of land in Section 24 of Westside Township, south of the City of Adrian. One of the conditions of the permit stated he was not to apply manure in a 520-foot by 210-foot (2.5 acre) tract adjacent to the Ann Mauch property because of the presence of a well on that site.
ADRIAN -- A crowd of nearly 200 Nobles County 4-H members and their families gathered Saturday night at the Adrian Middle/High School for the annual 4-H Achievement Banquet.
WORTHINGTON -- Bolts upon bolts of colorful fleece were stacked on tables in the RSVP office earlier this week, waiting for volunteers to begin cutting them into blanket lengths for those in need. The fleece was purchased with funds received from the United Way, and according to Nobles County RSVP Coordinator Joanne Bartosh, the project wouldn't be possible without the contributions made to the ongoing United Way fundraising campaign. RSVP is one of many local organizations to receive funding from the United Way.
LUVERNE -- Looking at an International-Harvester 450 Farmall tractor parked outside Luverne's Case-IH dealership Monday morning, it is quite obvious the industry has grown by leaps and bounds during the last half century. The staff at Mark Jacobson, Inc., has kept pace with all of those changes -- advancing from the four-cylinder 450 Farmall to the tractors of today with their heated and air conditioned cabs, GPS tracking and yield monitoring devices and auto steer. Don Amos has witnessed many of the advancements in farm implement technology in the 30 years since he went to work for his fath
OCHEYEDAN, Iowa -- If there was any doubt where Thanksgiving dinner was being served in Ocheyedan Thursday, all one needed to do was follow his or her nose to the Senior Activity Center on Main Street. The glass front door was covered in steam, and inside, more than 40 people were gathered for good food and fellowship. Thursday's Thanksgiving feast marked its 15th year in this community of 536 in eastern Osceola County. David Johnson, who coordinates the meal, was up by 5 a.m. Thursday working to prepare 35 pounds of turkey and 11 pounds of ham.
WORTHINGTON -- A week into his new job as Nobles County's Veterans Service Officer, Bill "Brock" Brockberg has already visited with several of the county's veterans regarding their benefits. The Pipestone native, who now resides in Slayton, said he is looking forward to meeting many more of the county's estimated 2,600 veterans during the coming months. Brockberg brings with him to the county post a wealth of experience in veteran affairs. He enlisted in the Army in 1982 after graduating from Bemidji State University in communications and doing a brief stint in radio broadcasting.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County commissioners were notified Tuesday that the Worthington RSVP office will move out of its 11th Street office by March 1. The decision to cancel the lease follows a year-long agency reorganization that began when the former director left, said Commissioner Vern Leistico, who serves as county representation on the RSVP joint powers board. Since the director left, the Southwest Regional Development Commission has provided administration duties on contract. RSVP has leased the building for more than 20 years downtown.
WORTHINGTON -- Counties across the state are mandated to provide public health services to its residents -- services that include inspection of food, beverage and lodging facilities, pre-natal and post-partum home visits, health education, and in the event of a disease outbreak or other health emergency, resources to conduct a mass dispensing clinic. The ability to provide those services takes adequate and qualified staff and financial support -- a message that members of Nobles-Rock Community Health Services (NRCHS) want to relay to the public. During last week's NRCHS board meeting, agency