Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at The Farm Bleat.
LUVERNE, Minn. — Katie Hemme hasn't hunted since she was in college, and even then, the only things she tried to shoot were raccoons or coyotes who threatened her family's sheep farm. The one time she actually dropped a bird was when she took aim at the pigeons in the haymow, angry after their droppings got all over the hay she was supposed to toss down for the livestock. When a pigeon fell to the floor, Hemme said her up-close view revealed such a pretty bird, she couldn't bring herself to shoot another one.