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Worthington Middle School teacher Keri Statema (back, middle) appears ready to tear her hair out before it gets shaved this morning. Joining her are students representing the eighth grade class that raised the most money in the penny war. They include Nathoe Vorasane (front, from left) and Tania Rodriguez. Row two: Ben Penning and Clara Fuentes. Row three: Eli Gaul and Leslie Resendiz; and back: Mathias Johnson, Statema and Micah Johnson. (Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe)

A penny for your ... hair?

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WORTHINGTON -- Worthington Middle School special education teacher Keri Statema was being a good sport Monday, considering her hair will be shaved off this morning in front of a video camera and the scene will be live-streamed through every single classroom in the school.


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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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