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Duane (from left), Adam and Deb Vaske gather around the bench that has hosted lots of conversations over the years at Wilmont Hardware. (Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe)

Owners of Wilmont Hardware work to keep community vital

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WILMONT — When Deb Vaske ordered a bench to add to the inventory at Wilmont Hardware shortly after she and her husband, Duane, purchased the business nine years ago, she had hoped it would appeal to a customer and find a new home in someone’s backyard.


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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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