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MaryAnn Friederich of Collegeville Artisan Bakery in St. Joseph sorts her wares June 4 at her booth in downtown Willmar during the first Becker Market of the season. A consulting team of Minneapolis-based architects is studying concepts to create a downtown market space on Becker Avenue. One of the architects, Anna Claussen, touts the success Becker Market has had in the area during its four-year existence.  Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Becker Avenue planners get a taste of downtown activities


WILLMAR -- Anna Claussen of Minneapolis grew up in the Benson-Montevideo area and found herself at least once a week in Willmar hanging around Becker Avenue and Rice Memorial Hospital where her mother works.

She never envisioned a downtown market space or pedestrian plaza on Becker Avenue. But now Claussen, a landscape architect, is designing a project to do just that.

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David Little
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