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Photos courtesy Kaitlin Buntjer/ photography by kaitlin A backhoe (above) was delivered to start tearing down the back side of the Sportsman's Lounge Monday afternoon in downtown Rock Rapids after fire broke out in a vacant upstairs apartment.

Fire claims three businesses in Rock Rapids, Iowa

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ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa -- The Sportsman's Lounge, an adjacent liquor store and screen printing shop in Rock Rapids stood in ruins Monday after fire broke out shortly after the noon rush in a vacant upstairs apartment in the historic downtown building.


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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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