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JACKSON — When Judy Cihak lost her animal-loving, Gator-driving, 31-year-old daughter Rita in August, she was overwhelmed by a mother’s grief. It’s a grief few can understand — filled with raw emotions of hurt, anger and sadness surrounding a life cut too short.


“It’s kind of like being run over by a steamroller,” Judy said. “I miss her.”

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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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