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John Vrchota of Lakefield stands in front of the wilderness blind he built with help from volunteers.

Lakefield teen builds wilderness blind for Sparks Park

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LAKEFIELD -- Step by step, the Prairie Ecology Bus Center's office at Sparks Park on the north side of Lakefield is growing into a public nature area for people to enjoy hiking trails, wildflowers, the flowing waters of Lone Tree Creek, chirping birds and croaking frogs.


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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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