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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RUSHMORE -- Rushmore will celebrate its second annual Pride and Heritage Days this weekend, beginning with a Rushmore Lions Club-sponsored pork chop supper from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday under the big tent on Main Street. Proceeds from the meal, which includes a grilled Iowa chop, baked potato and fixings, corn, apple sauce, bun and lemonade, go to the Rushmore Lions organization. A full slate of events is planned for Saturday, beginning with a kids carnival and inflatable games offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Rushmore school park.
WORTHINGTON -- More than a dozen amateur radio operators from throughout southwest Minnesota are expected to be in Worthington Saturday for a Ham Radio Field Day at the local airport. The event caps off Amateur Radio Week, which is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio. The Worthington Amateur Radio Club is hosting the event. Dan Anderson, a local amateur radio operator and district emergency coordinator for Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES), said the public is invited to the field day, which begins at 1 p.m.
BEAVER CREEK -- Though their farm is just a mile south of Interstate 90, along a stretch of gravel road in far western Rock County, Mary and Clair Crawford have noticed a few more slow-moving vehicles drive by -- and no, they aren't all farm implements. Traffic has picked up along this rural road for one reason -- a series of 10 quilts Mary painted on the side of the Crawford farm's vacated hog barn. It was about two years ago when Mary Crawford asked her husband what his plans were for the building. Was he going to tear it down or just leave it to weather in the wind?
WORTHINGTON -- There is a vicious cycle running through the agricultural industry today, and it could be months, perhaps years, before any relief is in sight. While consumers complain about the high cost of food in the grocery store and the pain at the gas pump, many have pointed fingers at the American farmer and blamed him for their troubles. What they don't realize is the American farmer is experiencing those same, higher bills. Across Minnesota and nationwide, livestock producers are in a difficult situation.
WORTHINGTON -- I remember well the day I learned to fear the massive four-legged beast. I was about 10 years old, teaching my goat Princess how to walk with a lead rope in the cattle pasture when, all of a sudden, I heard these thundering footsteps behind me. Just as I thought my little Princess couldn't possibly make that much noise I turned around to see Big Red, my oldest brother's Limousin steer, with his head down and charging right for me and my goat. I dove for cover in the wooden hay manger while screaming for Princess to run -- run for her life. Princess survived.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners approved a State of Emergency and Presidential Declaration of a Major Disaster during a special board meeting on Tuesday. The approvals set in motion a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for financial assistance to repair damages from heavy rains and flooding in Nobles County since June 7. Just one week ago, Nobles County Emergency Management director Dan Anderson appeared before commissioners with a request for assistance to reach all township and small city leaders before Friday to get damage estimates from flooding. Anders
RUSHMORE -- Nine area fire departments spent the better part of Thursday afternoon battling a blaze that consumed the United Farmers Cooperative grain elevator in Rushmore and required residents from two neighboring houses to be evacuated. No injuries were reported, although at least one ambulance crew was called because of concerns of potential heat exhaustion among firefighters. Fire departments were paged just before 2:30 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Leroy Merkel remembers well the day he learned he had cancer. His wife, Rosemary, grabbed him by the ear and the hair to go to the doctor for a physical -- not literally, but that's how he felt at the time. He was 66 years old and hadn't had a thorough physical in years. Certainly, he didn't think he needed a check-up on what he viewed as one of the busiest days of the year for a businessman -- Dec. 31. The end-of-the-year paperwork would have to wait, though. Rosemary was insistent that he take the day off back in 2001. As Dr.
WORTHINGTON -- More than $11,000 in donations and luminary sales were turned in during the final bank night Monday for the 12th annual Nobles County Relay For Life.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday offered their assistance to Emergency Management Director Dan Anderson in contacting township officials across the county to collect damage reports from rain and flooding that have occurred in the county since June 7. Anderson needs to collect initial damage estimates on township roads and in cities and have the information submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency by Friday. If the county does not meet the $64,787.52 threshold for damages, there is no reason to apply for funding.