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A lake weed harvester floats across Schmidt Lake in Plymouth last week prior to demonstrating how the rolling drum is lowered onto the top of the water to cut and skim plant growth. The machine is also marketed as a product that can skim algae off a lake. (Submitted Photo)

Skimming the surface

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WORTHINGTON -- Rain and cooler temperatures have nearly cleared up the visible blue-green algae on Lake Okabena in the last week, but with temperatures predicted to reach the upper 80s and 90s as early as next week, it seems only a matter of time before the green goo makes another appearance.


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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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