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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BAGRAM, Afghanistan -- Cindy Brunk has had her share of unique experiences during her 16-year career in the U.S. Navy, but nothing can compare to getting a hug from the commander in chief on a military base in the middle of an Afghanistan desert. Brunk, in the midst of a six-month assignment as an SK2 (Store Keeper, 2nd Class) at Bagram Air Base, experienced a chance meeting with President George W.
ELLSWORTH -- It is a story that Christians never tire of hearing -- a story of discipleship ... a story of betrayal ... a story of a man who suffered death on the cross and rose again. For 25 years, a group of volunteers have performed the Ellsworth Area Living Last Supper, depicting the last days of Jesus' life -- from breaking bread together with his disciples, to his death on the cross and his resurrection.
WORTHINGTON -- Good hog, cattle and milk prices, and record-shattering crop yields in 2005 helped farmers reach their highest-ever net farm income, according to a new report issued by FINBIN, a farm financial database. The average Minnesota farm earned a net farm income of $87,491 in 2005, an 18 percent increase over net profits in 2004. The data used for the analysis was collected from nearly 2,400 farmers enrolled in Extension or MnSCU (Minnesota State Colleges and Universities) adult farm management programs. Those numbers, however, can be a little misleading, according to Dave Bau, Wort
JACKSON -- With one confirmed case in Jackson County, six cases statewide and a growing outbreak in Iowa, public health agencies are asking people to take precautions to prevent the spread of mumps. Pat Stewart, administrator of Cottonwood-Jackson Community Health, said Wednesday that more than 500 cases of mumps have been confirmed in the United States so far this year. "The U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- With the ringing sounds of jingle dresses coming from a small group of dancers, a steady drum beat and Native American chants in the background, students filed one by one past tables to fill their plates with traditional foods of the Lao, Mexican, Colombian, African and Native American cultures. The second annual Taste of Nations lured more than 250 students from six area schools to the gymnasium of the Worthington campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College Wednesday afternoon. Alysia Synavone, Paulina Thavixay and Alison Synavone offered samples of coconut gelat
WORTHINGTON -- The members of Girl Scout Troop 89 have been together, for the most part, since they were in the second grade. Back then, they were known as Brownies. Now, as ninth-graders at Worthington Senior High School, this group of nine members is working to earn its Silver award -- the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve as a Cadet Scout. In just a few weeks, the girls will reach their goal by conducting a community service project. They will host a kite fly from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on May 6, at Prairie Elementary in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- Eight buses and more than 20 cars traveled from Worthington to St. Paul Sunday morning to take part in a march in support of immigration rights. The nearly two-and-one-half hour march led people from the St. Paul Cathedral to the Minnesota Capitol, as participants raised their hands in a show of peace and held signs demanding immigrants be treated as citizens and not as criminals. Luz Cazares, secretary of Nobles County Community Action (NCCA), was among more than 400 people from Worthington to take part in the march.
WORTHINGTON -- Kabal Virk looked out of his window at 5:30 a.m. Friday to see the parking lot of his Super 8 Motel transformed into a virtual lake. After calling 911 to report the rising water, Virk said he went out in the more-than-knee-deep water and attempted to clean out a storm drain he believed was causing flood waters to rise.
SLAYTON -- It is getting close to decision time for Shetek Area Water and Sewer (SAWS) Commission members and Murray County Commissioners faced with moving forward with, or rejecting plans for, a proposed centralized sewer system around Lake Shetek, Lake Sarah and Bloody Lake. With little more than two weeks left in SAWS' 60-day deadline to accept or reject bids on the two-phase construction project, the county will host a public hearing Saturday to discuss assessments on the project. The hearing will begin at 12:30 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- "The bottom line for me is it's a privilege to work with young people." Those were the words of Worthington High School's Jan Larson, who was recently honored as the Southwest Minnesota School Counselor's Association Counselor of the Year. Larson has worn an official counselor's hat in the high school for 11 years, though her career with District 518 began a year earlier when she performed her internship under the guidance of now-retired school counselor Chuck Magyar. One of two counselors working in the high school today -- the other is Dan Schnelle -- Larson said the kids a