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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ROUND LAKE — A bagpipe processional, recognition of long-standing parishioners and a celebration of prairie-grown faith will be part of First Presbyterian Church’s quasquicentennial observance Sunday in Round Lake.
WORTHINGTON — Little more than a year after expanding into a new building in Worthington’s Bioscience Park, Bioverse continues to see growth in its all-natural line of products that do everything from reduce green organic matter on golf course-sized ponds to eliminate crusting on livestock manure pits. Now, the local company is launching a new product line specifically geared to the agriculture sector while rebranding Bioverse Ag to Healthy Farms by Bioverse.
WORTHINGTON — The E.O. Olson board of trustees approved a pair of grants totalling $46,000 after hearing requests from Nobles County Pheasants Forever and the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District during a Wednesday morning meeting at Worthington City Hall. Members of the trust typically meet once per year to hear requests for funding on projects that target water quality.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners took the first step in a potential collaboration with the city of Worthington and ISD 518 Tuesday when they approved — on a 4-1 vote — a study of the former Campbell’s Soup property along Second Avenue in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON — Leaders of the Southwest Bowbenders have taught archery skills to youths and adults for 35 years — the past 25 at their archery range south of Worthington — yet the organization is still relatively unknown to many in the community. The local range hosts winter leagues, summer leagues, youth programs, JOAD (Junior Olympics Archery Development) leagues and an assortment of other options for its members in a facility available 24-7.
WORTHINGTON — Community Wellness Partners of Nobles County wants to talk about food accessibility, food affordability and food skills, and a place is being saved at the table for people willing to join in the conversation.
JASPER — As she sits in her rocker, occasionally gazing out her window overlooking the front lawn of Sunrise Village in Jasper, Aino Lavoie shares an incredible “Coming to America” story — a story of tested strength, willpower and determination, of family separation and separation from her homeland.
WORTHINGTON — After 17 years coordinating the Y-Pals program at the Worthington Area YMCA, Greg Wede is easing out of his position to take on a new challenge as executive director of Love In The Name of Christ (Love INC). Wede began his new position on a part-time basis two weeks ago as he wraps up some of his duties at the Y. He hopes to be completely moved into his new office by June 1.
BINGHAM LAKE — Nearly 50 people gathered in Bingham Lake Monday night for an open house sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to discuss the final phase of the Minnesota 60 four-lane expansion project. Construction is slated to begin Monday on the eight-mile stretch between Windom and Mountain Lake. Mathiowetz Construction, Leavenworth, was awarded the $19.68 million contract for the work.
WORTHINGTON — Quinoa and essential oils may be the buzzwords of the decade, but what are they and why is everyone talking about them? To answer those questions and more, plan to attend “Living Your Best Life” an event offered from 3 to 8 p.m. May 1 at the American Reformed Church, 1720 N. Burlington Ave., Worthington.