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Ailt (left) and Henrietta Aielts (right) pose with their oldest daughter, Marilyn Nienkerk, and the Minnesota Century Farm sign they received this summer. (Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe)

Aielts overcome hardships on century farm

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WORTHINGTON — Walter and Vera Aeilts had been married for 23 years when they purchased a quarter section of land northwest of Bigelow in March 1914. The couple — natives of Emden, Germany — emigrated to the U.S. with their daughter, Minnie, and sons George and Will. They would eventually add eight more children to their family after arriving in America.


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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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