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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WINDOM — Though membership in the group has dwindled over the years, the mission of the Highway 60 Action Corporation has not waned since it formed in 1965 — to see the highway's four-lane expansion realized from the Iowa state line to Mankato. Now, 51 years after that first meeting, the final piece of the expansion project is slated to begin in the spring, with completion anticipated by early October 2018. The approximately 8.5-mile construction project includes building two westbound lanes and repaving the existing two lanes between Windom and Mountain Lake.
WILMONT — Lloyd and Clara Fuerstenberg farmed for many years on the outskirts of Wilmont in far southwest Minnesota raising crops in the field and 11 kids on the farmstead. With that many children, they had little time for things like vacations and hobbies. The transition from farmer to retired status wasn't an easy one, though. As Lloyd points out, it didn't take long after his retirement in the mid-1990s for Clara to tell him he needed a hobby.
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BREWSTER -- In a 7-4 roll call vote, the Round Lake-Brewster School Board rejected the option of moving to a four-day school week during its Monday night meeting in Brewster.
LUVERNE -- Roughly the size of two semi trailers and weighing nearly 80 tons, groundbreaking wind-to-battery technology was unveiled in the middle of farm fields northwest of Beaver Creek Monday morning. The battery, the first of its kind to be tested in the United States, will help partners Xcel Energy and Luverne-based Minwind Energy capture and store power produced by the 11.5-megawatt Minwind Energy wind farm. "You don't have to drive very far outside of Luverne to see the progress that we've made," said Dave Sparby, president and CEO of Northern States Power Co., a subsidiary of Xcel En
CHANDLER -- With wind whipping corn husks across roadways and forcing people to hang onto their hats, it seemed fitting weather for the dedication of Minnesota's largest wind farm and wind power transmission line Tuesday afternoon near Chandler. Fenton Wind Project, with its 137 wind turbines in Murray and Nobles counties expected to generate up to 205 megawatts of electricity, will join other area wind farms in delivering an estimated 825 megawatts of power to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for distribution across the state.