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Minnesota West agriculture students Eric Wieneke (left) and Stuart Rogers work with sediment samples taken Feb. 22 from Lake Okabena. The samples were oven-dried for 48 hours and then placed in a high-temperature furnace for two hours to burn off the organic matter. Today, students will reweigh the samples and calculate the amount of organic matter that was in the samples.

Minnesota West students hope to help in improvement of lake quality

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WORTHINGTON -- Students in Jeff Rogers' intro to soil science class at Minnesota West Community and Technical College's Worthington campus are in the process of drying samples of sediment collected from Lake Okabena and Whiskey Ditch to determine how much organic matter is in the sediment found at the bottom of Worthington's lake and inlet.


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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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