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Fabio Lopez of Worthington poses with some of his college textbooks. He's now working toward his master's degree in business administration.

From coffee fields to college grad

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WORTHINGTON -- Fabio Lopez realized at a young age that his homeland of Guatemala was not a land of opportunity.

The third of 11 children born into poverty, he was just 10 years old when he left his home and family behind and headed into Mexico for work on coffee plantations.


"We used to live in a civil war," he said. "I didn't see any opportunity to work (in Guatemala)."

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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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