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OCHEYEDAN, Iowa -- Seven months after a motor vehicle accident left Melvin Loeschen paralyzed from the waist down, the Ocheyedan man is intent on getting back a part of the lifestyle he lost.


On Aug. 23, 2005, Loeschen was on his way home when he drifted off to sleep and his pickup truck veered off a blacktop county road east of Bigelow.

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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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