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JULIE BUNTJER/DAILY GLOBE Billions of blue-green algae float on Lake Okabena Monday morning in Worthington.

Bad bloom: Why is Lake Okabena green?


WORTHINGTON -- Mats of blue-green algae mimicked the appearance of an oil spill along the shores of Lake Okabena and into Whiskey Ditch Monday morning, bringing with it the rotten-egg-like odor caused as the bacteria decay.

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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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