Julie Buntjer joined the 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 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 farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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WORTHINGTON -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released updated design concepts for the planned four-lane expansion of Minnesota 60 from just north of Bigelow to Interstate 90 at Worthington. The new images, which can be viewed at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/hwy60/designconcepts.html , show the proposed narrow median between Nobles County 10 and Paul Avenue, the schematic for the Lake Street bypass, roundabouts at the intersection of Minnesota 60 and Oxford Street and at the east-bound acce
WORTHINGTON -- Jackson County Central FFA returned home from the 81st annual National FFA Convention over the weekend with two Top 10 placings in Career Development Events (CDEs), while a Mountain Lake FFA CDE team also garnered a Top 10 finish. JCC's meats evaluation team placed fifth of 38 teams in the nationwide contest, with team member Hilary Geesman earning 10th place individually to lead the squad. Geesman also earned a $500 scholarship.
WORTHINGTON -- While Nobles County actually gained population according to the last census, its neighbors to the west, north and east all lost population -- a trend that Dr. Bill Ammentorp believes will spread as concentration continues to widen in areas of the agricultural sector. Ammentorp, professor emeritus of the University of Minnesota, spoke to high school and college agricultural students, as well as agribusiness leaders, Wednesday at Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- Candidates vying for a seat on the Nobles County Board of Commissioners responded to questions ranging from budgets to economic development and partnerships during a forum Tuesday night at the Worthington High School media center. Sponsored by the governmental affairs committee of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, the event followed a Worthington City Council candidate's forum.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a half-million-dollar loan guarantee to the YMCA for construction of its new fitness facility and aquatics center. The money will be dipped into only if the YMCA cannot raise the final $1.2 million in the next five years.
WORTHINGTON -- Referred to as a small piece of a big corridor, the nearly completed stretch of Minnesota 60 that connects with Iowa 60 and bypasses Bigelow was celebrated Tuesday morning during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Bigelow Fire Hall. The highway had been slated to open by Oct.
WORTHINGTON -- While voters in Nobles County District 2 have already voted once for the candidate of their choice for county commissioner -- during the primary election in September -- voters in Nobles County's Fifth District won't cast a ballot for county commissioner until the general election on Nov. 4.
ASHTON, Iowa -- A budding farmer from rural Ashton will represent his state later this week at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., as he has been honored with one of the highest achievements in the agricultural organization -- the American FFA degree. Loren Luitjens, a 2006 graduate of Sibley-Ocheyedan High School, was named Iowa's Star American Farmer in August. The honor meant Luitjens would represent the state as a candidate for the American Star Farmer award.
WORTHINGTON -- District 518 Community Education and Nelson Bonilla were honored during the Chicano Latino Affairs Council 30th anniversary celebration Wednesday evening in St.
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County Soil and Water Conservation District has more than $10,000 in state cost-share money to assist landowners in establishing new groves and shelterbelts, or to repair or enhance existing tree growth. The grant money must be allocated before the end of the year or it will go back to the state, according to SWCD Technical Coordinator Ed Lenz.