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WORTHINGTON -- Ken Thompson and his wife, Helen, were once avid mall walkers -- they'd go every day, seven days a week. But after she returned home from a brief hospitalization, she could no longer get around without the aid of a walker.


Helen needed someone to be home with her at all times -- a necessity sure to be a life-changing event not only for her, but for her husband as well.

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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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