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Students in the Introduction to Soil Science class at Minnesota West cut holes Tuesday in the fabric covering one of the floating islands. Plant plugs will be inserted into the fabric next week. (Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe)

Floating islands try to improve water quality

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WORTHINGTON -- Under cloudy skies and sporadic sprinkles, students in Jeff Rogers' Introduction to Soil Science class at Minnesota West Community and Technical College anchored the first of four floating islands Tuesday afternoon in the E.O. Olson storm water retention pond on campus.


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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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