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Aaron hagen/daily globe TOP: Middle school students visiting the World War II Memorial Saturday morning present cards of thanks to veterans Ray Kempema (center), of Brewster, and Les Heeringa, of Worthington, during Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota's third flight Friday and Saturday.

Honor Flight veterans in awe of trip

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WASHINGTON -- On the first anniversary of Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota's inaugural flight, more than 100 World War II veterans from across southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa were touring the memorials on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., all thanks to the generosity of people here at home.


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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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