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Mature trees growing in the road ditch, particularly farther down the road where they are growing on both sides, make it tricky for farmers to move implements. Trees are not supposed to be growing in road ditches, and counties have an ordinance stating such. (BRIAN KORTHALS/DAILY GLOBE)

Tree trouble: Townships and counties cope with safety hazards in road ditch rights of way

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WORTHINGTON — Trees provide habitat for birds throughout the spring and summer, can be used as a windbreak and snow fence during the winter and generally are appreciated for the beauty they provide as the green leaves of summer turn into the reds, oranges and browns of autumn.


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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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