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Holle Spessard stands near the damaged headstone at the grave of her infant son, Declan, Tuesday morning at the Round Lake Cemetery. A trio of elementary-aged children vandalized the cemetery early Monday evening. Behind Spessard are a couple of toys the vandals left behind -- a plastic sword and a gun covered in grey duct tape. (JULIE BUNTJER/DAILY GLOBE)

Child vandals damage Round Lake Cemetery

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ROUND LAKE -- Holle Spessard used a child-sized broom and a bucket of soapy water to clean up the headstone marking the grave of her infant son, Declan, Tuesday morning at Round Lake Cemetery, removing the remnants of destruction caused by a trio of elementary-aged vandals early Monday evening in the cemetery on the outskirts of town.


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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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