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 -- With neither inpatient nor outpatient chemical dependency programming, or a detox center, available in Nobles County, several key players in the health industry gathered in Worthington Wednesday afternoon to brainstorm ways to fill the gap and keep money from flowing outside of the county. Pam Fleming, social services supervisor with Nobles County Human Services, said each person transported to the nearest detox center -- located in Woodstock -- costs the county $57 in transportation costs and another $190 for each day the individual must remain there.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a Community Based Energy Development (C-BED) request from Wolf Wind Development to construct 27 wind turbines in western Nobles County. Allen Wolf of rural Adrian and his son, Ryan, of LeSueur, asked commissioners for support of a C-BED tariff, which allows the 15 investors in the three-site project to negotiate the best purchase power agreement for the energy the turbines produce.
ADRIAN -- With temperatures expected to reach near 100 degrees this weekend, more than a few hardy people may be dreaming of a Minnesota winter. With thoughts of winter come thoughts of Christmas -- and what better time to be in the Christmas spirit than this coming week, when Adrian hosts its town festival, "Christmas in July." In conjunction with a Christmas-themed craft show and parade, the Adrian Area Community Theatre will present the musical, "A Christmas Carol," Thursday through Sunday. Performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday night, with 2 p.m.
BREWSTER -- Fun days are to be had in Brewster this weekend during the town's annual celebration, slated to begin tonight and continue through Sunday. New to the festival this year is a visit by nationally known ventriloquist and comedian James Wedgwood, who has appeared on TNN. He will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday in the city park. "He's performed a lot of places -- he's pretty good," said David Hartzler, Brewster Community Club representative. The comedic ventriloquist is just one of a number of entertaining activities planned during Brewster Fun Days.
WORTHINGTON -- Keeping cigarettes out of the hands of kids and convincing more adults to kick the habit may get a little easier in Nobles County thanks to a nearly $199,000 grant awarded to the county's Clean Air For Everyone (CAFE) organization. Rock County Administrator Kyle Oldre announced the award during Wednesday afternoon's meeting of the Nobles-Rock Community Health Services board meeting in Worthington. Paula Anderson, NRCHS health educator, had applied for the grant through Blue Cross Blue Shield (BC/BS).
WORTHINGTON -- Thanks to the aid of computers, accessing job information is much easier today than it used to be. Finding a computer to use when you don't have your own, however, can be tricky. For several years, the Minnesota Workforce Center, located on the main level of the Nobles County Government Center, has provided computers to aid job seekers in their search for employment.
WORTHINGTON -- How many ears of corn can be produced on one stalk? What happens to the crops area farmers grow? What is the difference between ethanol and biodiesel? Those questions and more are welcome from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the first-ever "Consumers and the Latest Ag Technology" open house at the Richard and Bethani Fellows farm, located 3½ miles south of Worthington on Nobles County 57. Activities include free horse-drawn hay rides, a petting zoo, tours of the Ocheda Seed Farm seed house, field walks and the opportunity to see an array of vehicles that operate on E-85 or biodiesel.
ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa -- Twenty years after the Queen II set sail on the Iowa Great Lakes in Arnolds Park, she will be celebrated with a christening and commemorative cruise on Sunday. The event is hoped to help raise funds for some much-needed work on the sight-seeing boat. Tickets for the 5 p.m. celebration cruise may be purchased on the Queen prior to departure. Included in the $100-per-ticket price are hors d'oeuvres, champagne, wine and soft drinks. The celebration will include a presentation of the boat's history, a description of the work the boat's owners -- Historic Arnolds Park Inc.
RUSHMORE -- From a pedal pull to little league games, a parade and pancake feed, Rushmore's Days of '78 celebration is one of those down-home family affairs that draws both the young and old to town for the two-day festivities. The 28th annual celebration begins Saturday morning with a kids' pedal pull on Main Street near the park at 10 a.m. Registration begins a half hour before the event, with trophies awarded for first, second and third place in each age division.
SCANIA, Iraq -- Two days after Americans celebrated their independence with backyard barbecues and evening fireworks, Lt. Col. John Kolb talked of the work soldiers from southwest Minnesota are doing to bring independence to the citizens of Iraq. In a Thursday morning conference call from Convoy Support Center (CSC) Scania, in south central Iraq, the commander of the 1-125th Strike Battalion began his report by honoring Sgt.