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Alexander Fest is held by big sister Alison. A benefit for Alexander and his parents is scheduled for Sunday at Heron Lake Elementary School.

Sunday benefit will aid toddler with pre-leukemia

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HERON LAKE -- Little Alexander Fest sat on his mother's lap Friday morning, a dimpled grin stretching across his face and a sparkle in his eyes. He clapped his hands and waved at his guest before being moved to the floor to play with some of his favorite toys.


Like any other 10-month-old would do, he put the brightly colored pieces in his mouth to inspect them.

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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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