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 -- A challenge issued by the Osceola County Board of Supervisors more than a year ago has landed the Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Chapter in the spotlight not once, but twice. The FFA chapter and high school junior Amber Vander Veen, in particular, earned first place in the economic development division of the Iowa FFA Community Development Recognition program. The award was presented at the State FFA Convention April 15 in Ames. The award is in recognition of the work Vander Veen and a handful of her fellow FFA members did in developing a "Discover Osceola County" brochure.
LUVERNE -- Doug Bos, assistant director of the Rock County Land Management Office, is the recipient of one of 16 National Recovery Champion awards from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The award was presented to Bos by USFWS Region 3 Director Robyn Thorson during the Rock County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday. The Recovery Champion awards recognize outstanding contributions made toward recovering threatened and endangered species across the U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- After collecting information on the failed video visitation system at the Nobles County Jail at two separate meetings in the last month, commissioners unanimously approved a $30,465 contract with Renovo Software Tuesday morning to get a new system installed. Sheriff Kent Wilkening said the contract calls for the creation of seven video visitation stations -- down from the 16 stations that were installed when the Prairie Justice Center was built.
WORTHINGTON -- Students in Jody Heitkamp's fourth-grade class at Prairie Elementary excitedly showed off a tiny flower Monday afternoon that was emerging from seeds planted just one week ago. The flowers -- there are six different varieties -- will eventually be planted in a soon-to-be-developed butterfly garden in front of the windows of the school library. The project was made possible with funding from the Partners for Fish and Wildlife, including the U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington was one of nine Minnesota cities to host Citizenship Day on Saturday, an event to help individuals who already have permanent residency status in the United States begin the path to U.S.
BREWSTER -- Dressed in orange robes, a trio of Buddhist monks sat on rugs inside the Brewster American Legion Saturday evening to lead the Sou-Khouane ceremony -- a blessing for happiness and good health -- as the kickoff to the Lao New Year celebration. Traditional Lao custom is to celebrate the new year on the 13th, 14th and 15th day of April, and 2008 marks the Year of the Rat.
WORTHINGTON -- While people living in the Midwest don't have to worry about hurricanes or tsunamis, there are plenty of other weather-related events that can wreak havoc on farms and communities and the people who live there. Today marks the beginning of Severe Weather Awareness Week, and Nobles County is kicking it off with its annual Skywarn Weather Spotter training class at 7 p.m. today in the Fine Arts Theater of Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- With just seven weeks until the Windsurfing Regatta, in conjunction with the U.S. Windsurfing National Championship, hits the waves on Lake Okabena, city workers are facing some fast-paced work to get the shoreline near Sailboard Beach to a condition where windsurfers can safely get into the water. Last fall, city workers installed rip-rap on about 40 feet of shoreline in an effort to prevent further erosion.
WORTHINGTON -- A special 7 a.m. meeting Friday had the Worthington City Council facing four members of the Nobles County Board of Commissioners in an attempt to resolve issues over a shared contract for prosecution services. Contract talks have gone back and forth between the two entities since the county acted in late February to terminate the agreement with the city effective Feb. 28, 2009.
LUVERNE -- Tough economic times require creative thinking, and that is exactly what is taking place inside the office of the Luverne Economic Development Authority (LEDA). LEDA has unveiled a new incentive to fill vacant lots in two separate subdivisions on the north side of its community -- cold, hard cash. This follows last May's promotion to give away lots in the Sybesma subdivision to people who committed to building a home in the residential neighborhood. Jill Wolf, LEDA director, can only hope the new promotion is as successful as the free lot concept.