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 — Picture the perfect Italian restaurant — the lights are dimmed, the candles are lit, the music is lively and the food, the food is simply amazing. Unfortunately, this isn’t the Italian restaurant of your dreams.
OKABENA — The Brewster Fire and Rescue and Heron Lake Fire departments responded to a house fire Monday afternoon at 86806 340th Ave., west of Okabena. Brewster Fire Chief John Garmer said the unoccupied, empty two-story farm house was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived on the scene. They were dispatched at 3:35 p.m. after a passerby noticed the blaze.
REGIONAL — In rural communities across southwest Minnesota, getting from Point A to Point B can be a struggle for those who rely on public transportation or their own feet to get them where they need to go. As communities develop ways to address the needs — from walking paths to destinations like work or shopping, to expanding hours of taxi service — they need to hear from residents about what is working and what still needs to be done.
LUVERNE — In early January 1976, singer Barry Manilow topped the Billboard chart with “I write the songs.”
LUVERNE — The Blue Mounds State Park may begin offering its visitors educational rides through the prairie where the bison roam as early as this summer if the Department of Natural Resources’ Parks and Trails Division has anything to say about it.
WILMONT — During long weekends and breaks from work, Matt Morse and his partner, Rachel Vliem, have traveled from their home in Crystal to Wilmont for more than a year as they work to fix up the Wilmont Rec Center and restore it to a viable business.
WORTHINGTON — After nearly 50 people attended an informational meeting a week ago on the Lake Ocheda Enhancement Project, the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District’s board of managers discussed Tuesday the plans for a second public gathering later this month.
WORTHINGTON — After selling $9.5 million in road construction bonds late last year to finance 14 bituminous overlay projects across Nobles County, commissioners on Tuesday learned five bids were received from contractors interested in doing the nearly 70 miles of paving work. Nobles County Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder said Duininck Inc., of Prinsburg, presented the low bid of $9,509,949.58 — nearly $400,000 below the engineer’s estimate for the work.The highest bid came in at more than $11 million, he noted.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Public Utilities Water & Light Commission on Monday approved a change order to a contract with Lametti and Sons, Hugo, that calls for additional cast-in-place lining of existing sanitary sewer pipes in the area of Okabena Creek. WPU Manager Scott Hain told commissioners the bid came in so favorably for the project — $65,000 under the engineer’s estimate — that they are adding another 373 feet of pipe lining to the contract to capitalize on the favorable bid.
WORTHINGTON — Athletes win ball games, gamblers hope to win the lottery and youths interested in raising cattle — well, a select few can win five bred heifers to build up a beef herd. Madison Schaefer of rural Worthington is one of those select few. She was recently chosen as one of three recipients in the 2017 Rolling Hills Heifer Program. The other two winners include Jared Henderson of Panora, Iowa, and Cade Connell of Wheatland, Wyoming.