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Walt Kellen stands along the Kanaranzi Creek where J-hook rock weirs were installed to help control stream bank erosion. (Brian Korthals/Daily Globe)

Conservationists honored

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ADRIAN — Driving in road ditches, along farm fields and through tall grasses glistening with hoar frost Thursday morning along the Kanaranzi Creek north of Adrian, Walt Kellen talked about the land that has been in his family for four generations and the efforts taken over the years to protect the soil and promote wildlife habitat.


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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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