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JULIE BUNTJER/DAILY GLOBE Jim Knips stands next to a pond he installed on his rural Lismore farm. It is just one of the conservation practices he has implemented to reduce soil erosion or benefit wildlife habitat.

Lismore family has long tradition of conserving the soil

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LISMORE -- Jim Knips of rural Lismore will mark his 30th year on the Nobles County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) board of directors next year, but perhaps what is more impressive is that his family's history on the board dates back to its inaugural year in 1955.


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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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