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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BIGELOW -- What do a fiesta, a truck pull and BB and the Bullfrogs have in common? They will all entertain the crowds at Swampy Days today and Saturday in Bigelow. The festivities begin this evening, with registration for the horseshoe tournament starting at 6:30 p.m. in the city park. More than 20 teams are expected to participate in the tournament, with the competitions taking place at the park's four horseshoe pits. A food stand will be open in the park throughout the tournament, serving items such as walking tacos and Mexican nachos.
JACKSON -- Usually, when a 4-H club selects a project that each of its members will take part in, they choose something such as health or safety.
LUVERNE -- The Rock County Fair, which officially begins today in Luverne, isn't just another fair for the Spencer and Pam Sells family of Beaver Creek. Their youngest of two children, Lee, will complete his last year as a 4-H exhibitor when the fair ends Saturday night, bringing an end to more than 15 years of 4-H service for the Sells family. Lee Sells started his 4-H career as a member of the Cloverbuds while his sister, Lindsy, was a full-fledged 4-H'er in Beaver Creek's Willing Workers 4-H Club.
WORTHINGTON -- As the thunder rolled and the rain began to fall Monday night and continued intermittently during the day on Tuesday, farmers across southwest Minnesota were calling the much needed moisture "a million dollar rain." But is it too little too late for crops that have been void of rainfall and subject to high heat and humidity in recent weeks? Not at all, according to University of Minnesota Extension Crops Educator Lizabeth Stahl of the Worthington Regional Extension Center. Granted, this year's yields may not be as abundant as those harvested last fall, but southwest Minnesota
WORTHINGTON -- While the start of the Christmas season is still four months away, the community improvement committee of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce is hoping residents will get into the giving spirit of the holidays. The committee is in need of funding to replace Christmas banners that have adorned Humiston Avenue for the past 15 holiday seasons. The banners are weathered and worn, and without the money to buy new, they are in danger of not being replaced. "We've repaired and repainted the ones that are up there now," said committee member Brenda Hurlbut.
WORTHINGTON -- A concerned citizen of Brewster requested additional patrols and more noticeable signage within Brewster's city limits during Tuesday's meeting of the Nobles County Board of Commissioners. Don Nelson said truck traffic going to and from Minnesota Soybean Processors, which is located north of Brewster, has caused concern among local residents because of the speed at which trucks pass through town. Citing numerous examples of truckers using excessive speed and causing near-accidents, Nelson said he'd like to see the speed limit lowered to 20 miles per hour within the city limits
WORTHINGTON -- Thirty-eight years after the Worthington Army Reserve Center became home to the 452nd Quartermaster Company, the Army is making changes to the local training facility. Beginning in September, the center will no longer serve as a detachment unit of the 452nd, but instead will become Detachment 1, 79th MP Co., a training site for troops to become military police. The base will be a detachment of the Rochester Company. A closeout formation ceremony is planned in Winthrop at noon Sunday, marking the changes for both the Winthrop unit of the 452nd Quartermaster Co.
ROUND LAKE -- One year and one month to the day Gordy Wilson died while working on his beloved Allis Chalmers tractors, his family auctioned off most of the rural Round Lake man's collection. The all-day sale on Thursday lured people from across the country to a lot on the west side of town where Wilson spent many years tinkering on his A-C toys. Glen Fredrikson came all the way from Mesa, Ariz., for the auction -- as well as to visit family in the St. James area and attend an Allis Chalmers show earlier in the week in Hutchinson.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa -- The putt-putt of a two-cylinder John Deere tractor is music to the ears of people like Dave Gonnerman, of rural Spirit Lake.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- One of the many roles of a high school FFA adviser is to ensure students complete their recordkeeping for various FFA honors and write letters of support for those students when needed. Mike Earll, adviser for the Sibley-Ocheyedan (S-O) FFA chapter, has become seasoned at both of those tasks during his 27-year career in agricultural education, but he's never been one to "toot his own horn," so to speak. So when the Iowa FFA Association changed its tactics in recognizing outstanding FFA advisers this past year -- asking advisers to nominate a peer in their own region rather th