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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BALATON, Minn. — Luverne is among two southwest Minnesota communities tapped to possibly become home to the state's first commercial-scale shrimp production facility, or shrimp harbor. Michael Ziebell, president and chief executive officer of The trū Shrimp Company, a subsidiary of Ralco Nutrition in Balaton, said an announcement will be made in the near future. Marshall, already selected for the shrimp processing facility, is also in consideration for the first shrimp harbor.
BALATON — Luverne is among two southwest Minnesota communities tapped to possibly become home to the state’s first commercial-scale shrimp production facility, or shrimp harbor. Michael Ziebell, president and chief executive officer of The trū Shrimp Company, a subsidiary of Ralco Nutrition in Balaton, said an announcement will be made in the very near future.
ELLSWORTH — Hannah Kruse has been an ambassador of the beef industry for most of her life, and now she’s earned the actual title and leather sash to further her cause. Kruse, a sophomore at Adrian High School, has grown up in her family’s cow-calf operation northwest of Ellsworth, raising purebred registered Hereford cattle and showing them in both Rock County 4-H and the Minnesota Junior Hereford Association, as well as regional and statewide beef shows.
WILMONT — Following in the footsteps of her older sister, Jenna, Lexi Slater of rural Wilmont has been selected to represent the beef industry in Nobles County as a co-Rock-Nobles Beef Ambassador. Slater, the daughter of Kent and Coreen Slater, is a junior at Adrian High School and helps on her family’s beef feeder-finishing farm.
WINDOM — In the land of 10,000 lakes and ample public lands for sportsmen, fishing and hunting have a tremendous impact on Minnesota’s economy. Yet, the agency tasked with ensuring those outdoor activities remain viable is facing a financial shortfall.
WORTHINGTON — A Worthington businessman appeared before the Nobles County Planning Commission Wednesday night after some neighbors raised concern about the number of vehicles he has parked on his acreage. Jose Vasquez, who owns an automobile repair shop along Worthington’s First Avenue, has more than 100 vehicles stored on his acreage in the southwest quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 23, Elk Township.
OKABENA — With increased interest in locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, the Heron Lake-Okabena FFA Chapter is taking on a grow-your-own project with the creation of a school garden in Okabena.
EDGERTON — Surrounded by farm fields, livestock producers and massive turbines that harvest the wind, agricultural roots run deep in Edgerton. It seems rather surprising then that until last fall, the local public high school didn’t offer an agricultural curriculum. Nathan Thompson is changing that.
LUVERNE — A pair of Luverne women with a passion for health and wellness are teaming up to garner support for creation of a food co-op in the community. With plans for a public input meeting tonight (6:30-7:30 p.m. at Hilger Commons, 215 N. Cedar St., Luverne) and another from noon to 1 p.m. March 15, at the same location, they hope to provide education about and seek input on the needs and wants in a food cooperative.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County will soon be home to a veterans transport vehicle, following a decision Tuesday by county commissioners. Trent Dilks, transportation director for the Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota, along with Nobles County Veterans Service Officer Bill Brockberg, appeared before the county board to bring the much-needed service to the southwest corner of the state.