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A bioreactor area is dug out near Fish Lake to be filled in with wood chips and a layer of topsoil. (Submitted photo)

Ag drainage leads to environmental concerns

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WORTHINGTON — For years, conservationists in Minnesota have been concerned about agricultural drainage of Minnesota’s farm lands. Miles upon miles of underground tile have been installed through private lands as a way to remove excess water and improve crop yields.


What benefits the farmers, though, has come at a cost to the environment, some say.

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Julie Buntjer
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
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