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Tesa Spillman, a waitress at the Blue Line Travel Center, has lost tips and had her hours cut because of the Minnesota 60 detour has impacted business. (Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe)

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WORTHINGTON -- Tesa Spillman drives in to work every day at the Blue Line Travel Center from her home at Okabena, and while the recent spike in gas prices is difficult on a budget, it comes at a time when she's already suffering from lost tips and a cut in hours.


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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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