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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Editor's Note: This is the first in a four-part series this week on the renewable fuel industry. Tomorrow, learn what researchers are doing to expand ethanol production. SIBLEY, Iowa -- People driving flexible fuel vehicles these days are cashing in on the savings when they pull up to the pump. E-85, a gasoline blended with 85 percent ethanol, is -- in some communities -- 45 cents less per gallon than regular unleaded gasoline. The price difference has created demand for flex-fuel vehicles, as well as for more pumps that carry E-85.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Half the team has hearing aids, two of them have pacemakers and one has had a trio of hip surgeries. Their ages range from 68 to 84, and these days you can't wipe the smile off their faces -- they are the league champions of the Monday night Commercial League at Sibley's Merry Lanes bowling alley. The tandem of six -- they bowl with five on any given night and keep a spare in the rotation -- toppled teams half their age, and then some to, to put their bowling sponsor, C&D Guns, in the spotlight. While some may say age equals experience, the men aren't ashamed to say their to
JACKSON -- They may have stood eye to eye, but some rather young junior showmen handled their massive Columbia sheep with ease during the National Columbia Junior Sheep Show at the Jackson County Fairgrounds Thursday afternoon. The annual show and sale is celebrating its 62nd anniversary and first-ever appearance in Minnesota this week.
SHELDON, Iowa -- As public health agencies develop response plans for a potential disease pandemic, professionals in animal health are also laying the groundwork to educate livestock producers on the risks and possible spread of diseases. Such was the case during a livestock risk management training Tuesday night in Sheldon. With an agriculture industry valued at an estimated $11.3 billion, Iowa could stand to lose plenty if an epidemic of foot and mouth disease, swine flu or some unknown disease spreads through the state's livestock operations. Al Grigg, director of Lyon and Osceola County
WORTHINGTON -- With the number of bird and human cases of avian flu on the rise -- and with the recent outbreak of mumps in Iowa -- the timing of a mock pandemic immunization drill planned next week in Nobles and Rock counties seems impeccable. Public health, clinic and hospital personnel, along with more than 30 volunteers, will conduct a mass dispensing clinic June 15 in Worthington as part of their training for a disease pandemic.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday tabled the adoption of a personnel policy that calls for all county employees to wear identification badges while on the job. The proposed policy, developed as a result of the county's long-range plan of 2004, was hoped to create an "environment of safety and security" for county employees and the public.
ROUND LAKE -- There won't be a parade, a street dance or games in the park, but Round Lake will still be hopping Saturday when it hosts a stop on the KICD-sponsored tractor ride through Jackson County. The Round Lake Community Club has cancelled this year's Sun & Fun Day due to a lack of volunteers to help organize the one-day event. Instead, local church youth group members, senior citizens and the Legion will serve food to some 250 people coming to town on the tractor ride. The public is invited to see the tractors and enjoy bratwurst and other food items from 11 a.m.
ELLSWORTH -- Panther Pride will be in full force during Ellsworth's Family Fun Days celebration this Friday through Sunday, cashing in on the theme, "Big Dreams in a Small Town." Mary DeBoer, Ellsworth Optimist Club member and parade organizer, said there will be plenty of maroon and gold as the town celebrates its heritage -- and its boys basketball team, which was the state Class A runner-up in March. The entire team will serve as Grand Marshals for Saturday's 7:30 p.m. parade.
WORTHINGTON -- Grass clippings whipped in the wind as Avera McKennan's Careflight helicopter approached for landing Friday night at the Worthington Municipal Airport. The helicopter's visit was part of a training exercise for the region's emergency personnel and was hosted by the local squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP).
JACKSON -- Although Jackson's sesquicentennial celebration is more than a month away, folks in this southern Minnesota community are finding unique ways to celebrate their rural heritage all year long. Such will be the case next Friday and Saturday, when the community serves as host to a caravan of antique and classic tractors -- 250 in all -- that will parade throughout the county in a two-day span encompassing a northern route and a southern route. Sponsored by KICD radio of Spencer, Iowa, the tractor ride is in its seventh year.