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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LUVERNE — The Blue Mounds State Park may be southwest Minnesota’s gem on the prairie, but some of its amenities have lost their lustre. Rotting beams in the park’s interpretive center forced its doors to shutter in 2015, and e.coli bacteria present in both the existing well and a new well dug in late 2014 has forced visitors to bring in bottled water and campers to leave the park to take a shower.
HERON LAKE — The Heron Lake Watershed District is in search of willing landowners in each of its four counties — Nobles, Jackson, Murray and Cottonwood — to participate in a new research program focusing on cover crops.
WORTHINGTON — From photographs of car hops at the local A&W drive-in to images from King Turkey Day parades and employees of local businesses, the Nobles County Historical Society is seeking the public’s help in identifying individuals in hundreds of photographs in its collection.
WORTHINGTON — For the second consecutive year, a Worthington High School agriculture teacher and FFA advisor has been awarded a Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) grant to advance agriculture education in the high school. Matt Tripp was notified in December that his grant application was approved to receive a $3,000 grant. The money will be used to purchase equipment to aid in leading the CASE curriculum.
WORTHINGTON — As big screen TVs showed a list of more than $6.4 million in proposed Capital Improvement Plan projects, rows of mostly empty chairs faced Nobles County commissioners in a special public hearing Thursday night. In fact, aside from commissioners and administrative staff, the only one in attendance was the county’s library director.
WORTHINGTON — Following the swearing-in ceremony for newly-elected Nobles County Commissioner Justin Ahlers, re-elected commissioners Bob Demuth Jr. and Matt Widboom, and reappointed Nobles County Assessor Val Ruesch Tuesday morning, the board of commissioners breezed through a light agenda in just 40 minutes. Donald Linssen was elected 2017 board chairman, with Demuth elected vice-chair.
WORTHINGTON — With the Minnesota Department of Transportation granting its approval roughly a month ahead of schedule, and $9.5 million in transportation bonds arriving this week in Nobles County, Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder says the county is poised to get an early start on what will be a lengthy road construction season in 2017. The transportation bonds approved by Nobles County commissioners earlier this month will fund 14 bituminous overlay projects on nearly 70 miles of the county road system.
$1,094,391 What it is: This is the amount Nobles County budgeted for public works in 2017. What it was last year: $1,076,031 Total County Budget: $34,393,328. Percentage of total budget: 8 percent.
$574,317 What it is: This is the amount of money Nobles County budgeted for library services in 2017. What it was last year:$555,019 Total County Budget: $34,393,328 Percentage of total budget:4 percent
WORTHINGTON — A few Nobles County 4-H’ers proved Thursday morning that in order to do a job right, it helps to stick out your tongue. Cutting through a piece of fleece fabric while following the outline of a pattern? Sticking out your tongue helps with precision. Putting stickers on a styrofoam airplane? Sticking out your tongue helps get the tape placed exactly where you want it.