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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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
HOLLAND -- Farming is more than just a business for the Gordon Moeller family of rural Holland. It's a way of life. The Moellers -- Gordon and wife Jean, and sons Mike and Mark and their families -- were recently named Pipestone County's Farm Family of the Year by the Minnesota Extension Service. They will be honored Aug. 3, during Farmfest in Redwood County. The Moeller family has farmed in Pipestone County ever since Gordon's grandparents settled there in 1919 after emigrating from their German homeland.
PIPESTONE -- The red hatted women giggled a little when the emcee announced they couldn't afford to bring the Chippendale dancers to town, but by the time the Norwegian Chippendale Whistlers -- Ole, Lars and Sven -- completed their stage act, those same red hatters were chortling, clapping, humming on their kazoos and rising for a standing ovation. Imagine three grown men each disguised by a top hat covering their face, showing a bare midriff adorned with painted-on big blue eyes and a round red mouth encircling their belly button -- a suit jacket dangling from their waist and swaying with th
ADRIAN -- With patriotic colors of red, white and blue, those who were preparing the George, Iowa, float for the parade in Adrian Saturday evening felt a bit out of place. After all, up and down the street were entries adorned in red and green, complete with decorated Christmas trees, snowmen and even a live nativity. It was Christmas in July, and the townsfolk living along Maine Avenue got into the spirit by putting ornaments on their evergreen shrubs, placing an inflatable Santa Claus in the front yard and hanging Christmas banners from the downtown light poles.
WORTHINGTON -- Anyone who has ever had to pass through the intersection of Diagonal Road and Oxford Street to get to work or school in the morning can attest to the frustrations of stop and go traffic and motorists who don't wait their turn. During the school year, student drivers and busses add to the congestion, but part of the problem is hoped to be alleviated by the time the new school year begins. Nobles County Public Works director Stephen Schnieder received approval earlier this week to create left-hand turn lanes on Diagonal Road at the Oxford Street intersection.
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.
ADRIAN -- Capitalizing on the Christmas in July theme with its community theatre group presenting "A Christmas Carol," tonight through Sunday, the Adrian Town & Country Association hopes to make its warm and inviting down-home celebration garner thoughts of cooler temperatures on Saturday. The festival returns to July after attempts the past two years to host a September celebration in hopes of luring more bands to the parade.
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.