Globe 150: 150 years of delivering the news

I have learned so many things in my journalism career about people. I’ve seen them at their highest and lowest points, in times of celebration and tragedy.

Julie Buntjer
Julie Buntjer
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It doesn’t surprise me that Worthington, by the time it was officially incorporated, already had a newspaper.

Nor does it surprise me that, despite its myriad of name changes and owners over the past 150 years, Worthington’s newspaper has withstood the test of time.

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People need to know what’s happening, whether it is news about city or county government, information about their school district, or the businesses and people that make up their community.

For many, the news is as important as that first cup of morning coffee or breakfast.

Reading the news feeds your mind. Local news can evoke emotion, spur people to action and be the topic of conversation among friends and neighbors. Local news stories may engage you in community events and help you get to know the people who call this part of southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa home.


I grew up reading the Worthington Daily Globe, and in 2003, I came to work for the Daily Globe. Today, I’m leading the newsroom of The Globe. In the last 19 years, our name changed, and staff members have come and gone, but our core goal has not. We still work hard each and every day to report the facts, build trust and deliver the news to our readers — not just in print, but online at, through our Saturday e-paper, and by sharing our content on social media.

Had I envisioned a career in newspapers when I was a kid? No, not really.

I grew up reading the Globe though, first as a youngster who looked at the comics and photographs, and later, being drawn to the human interest stories and Mary Beth Blegen’s columns. She was one of my high school teachers.

It wasn’t until my days at then-Worthington Community College, when former Globe writer Dan Roos gave me a bit of positive feedback about my writing assignments in his English Composition class, that I even considered a career in writing.

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My career was further cemented by engaging teachers in South Dakota State University’s journalism program. Now, here I am, nearly 30 years beyond college with experience at four different newspapers — and writing everything from government and politics to human interest features, new businesses and everyday life. I even wrote sports for a very brief time, and I can assure you, I wasn’t very good at covering high school basketball.

I have learned so many things in my journalism career about people. I’ve seen them at their highest and lowest points, in times of celebration and tragedy. I have cried with World War II veterans as they shared stories of survival on the battlefield; shed tears with people fighting cancer; celebrated with 4-H’ers, Eagle Scouts and award winners; and shivered in the cold during a Christmas morning house fire.

I can assure you, my fellow journalists have many of these same experiences — because we are human, because we care about our community, and because we care about the people who read the news we deliver on a daily basis.

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Opinion by Julie Buntjer
Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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