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Honor Flight: A long line of service

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BIGELOW -- When the war broke out on two fronts in December 1941, John Sikma was working alongside his dad on their family farm east of Ocheyedan, Iowa. He was the oldest of eight kids, seven of which were boys, and hadn't seen much outside of farming in his first 20 years.

"Dad ran a tight ship," Sikma, now 89, said with a grin earlier this week from his rural Bigelow farm house.

When his draft papers arrived in 1942, the northwest Iowa farm boy reacted with pride.

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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 www.farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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