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Les Johnson, chairman of the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District board, measures the depth of the hole created in the bottom of the Lake Bella Dam’s spillway prior to being repaired. (submitted photo)

Dam-age control: Lake Bella spillway undergoes emergency repairs

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WORTHINGTON — The discovery of significant damage inside the Lake Bella dam’s spillway in early May may have averted a catastrophic draining of the man-made lake.


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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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