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Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District Administrator Dan Livdahl stands by the east gate that was recently closed, blocking water from Herlein-Boote Slough from reaching the diversion channel and flowing toward Lake Okabena.

Stopping aquatic invaders

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WORTHINGTON -- A little-known slough northwest of Worthington has the potential of saving local lakes from being overrun by the latest aquatic invasive species, the bighead carp, but it also leaves some locals wondering if closing off water from the slough might leave Worthington's wells a bit thirsty.


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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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