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 -- Dairying has been a way of life for the Dave and Deb Vander Kooi and Dean and Carol Christopherson families of rural Worthington for generations. But the couples have more in common than simply milking Holsteins. On Sunday, they each watched as not their first, nor their second, but their third daughters were selected as finalists for Princess Kay of the Milky Way.
WORTHINGTON -- The typical high school student spends senior year finalizing college plans, finishing required class credits and coasting through spring fever toward graduation. Few high school seniors, however, can be classified as typical. Some work multiple jobs, some keep just as busy in sports and extra-curriculars, and some -- like Elizabeth Flores -- do the best they can to earn their high school diploma while caring for a child. Flores is one of approximately 175 students from Worthington High School who will walk across the platform Friday night to accept the coveted diploma.
WORTHINGTON -- As walkers prepared for an afternoon stride around Lake Okabena Sunday, March of Dimes special events coordinator Louise Howard said the Southwest Prairie chapter had met nearly half of its $25,000 fund raising goal. The remainder, she expected, would be in by the end of the day. Approximately 200 individuals -- from infants to grandparents -- took part in Sunday's WalkAmerica walk around Lake Okabena to raise money and awareness for babies who are born prematurely. Jessica Noble, of rural Worthington, is a mother to one of those babies.
ROUND LAKE -- Motorists driving past the Leonard Garms farm east of Round Lake have been greeted with the giant smiling face that has adorned the upper portion of the barn for nearly two decades. It was Garms' dad, John, who constructed the two-story barn back in 1916 to house the family's work horses and milk cows. When Leonard took over the operation, he continued to milk cows, and then raise pigs in the traditional wooden barn. Garms retired from farming in 1982, bringing an end to the sound of snorting pigs and clanging feeders in the barn.
WORTHINGTON -- Ask a nurse -- any nurse -- why they went into their profession and the likely answer will be that they want to help people. While that is true for Worthingtonians Audrey Reisdorfer, Julie Morphew and Jodie Morphew, what sets them apart is, perhaps, what binds them together. Reisdorfer watched three of her four daughters -- including her oldest, Julie -- graduate into the nursing profession.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- It stands as no comparison to Washington's Mount Rainier or Colorado's Mount Elbert, but as the highest peak in Iowa, Hawkeye Point will host a special Summit for Heroes event Saturday morning. The point, located on a farm northeast of Sibley -- two miles north of Iowa 9, just east of Iowa 60 on 130th Street -- will be the site of a ceremony to honor all Iowa law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.
WORTHINGTON -- The clouds just can't seem to pass by southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa these days without leaving behind cool days and rain showers -- two things farmers don't need as they continue to get this year's crops in the field. Despite being one week beyond the May 10 optimum planting date for corn in this region, Worthington's Extension crops educator Liz Stahl said farmers may not be destined for low yields if they have yet to plant all of their corn seed. "Last year, we were looking at a real challenging planting season, too," Stahl said.
WORTHINGTON -- How does Nobles County compare to other counties across the state when it comes to the health and well being of its children? According to data presented during a Kids Count program in Worthington Wednesday morning, the county certainly has room for improvement. Jim Koppel, director of the Children's Defense Fund Minnesota, and Carole Specktor, legislative affairs director, presented statistics on everything from the number of children living below the poverty line to the increase in teen mothers and the growing trend of children involved in serious crime. Compared to the ave
ADRIAN -- The Adrian City Council voted on Monday to establish smoke-free parks and recreation areas, becoming the third community within Nobles-Rock Public Health Service (NRPHS) territory to do so. Council members voted 4-1 to enact the policy, revising action they took late last year that made all city-owned buildings and vehicles smoke-free as of Jan. 1. Adrian High School Partners in Prevention (PIP) members Lacy Weidert and Courtney Thier made a power point presentation to inform the council prior to its vote.
WORTHINGTON -- Fifth-graders Blake Rogers and Melody Veen agreed that becoming a published author feels "pretty good" as they continued to celebrate with their classmates Tuesday morning. The students and their teacher, Sandy Ahlberg, learned Friday that their class-compiled, 40-page book, "What We are Thankful For ...," was selected as a winner in Nationwide Learning Inc.'s National Book Challenge. For their efforts, the class received two framed certificates -- one recognizing them as a finalist and another honoring them as winners, blue ribbons for each student and a $100 check for Ahlber