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Mariachi Cascabel members Dennise Contreras, left, and her brothers, Manuel, center, and Alfredo, all of Spicer, perform in this undated photo at El Tapatio on South First Street in Willmar. One of the owners of the restaurant has asked the Latino Business Owner's Committee to consider setting up mariachi bands consisting of local students to play at weddings, parades and festivals. Dennise Contreras, who is also employed as a waitress at the restaurant, would train the students. Tribune file photo

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Robert Perez is sick of having to call out to St. Paul for a decent mariachi band.

At a recent meeting of the Latino Business Owner's Committee, the manager and part owner of El Tapatio in Willmar said there was no reason a city with such a sizable Latino community couldn't produce a few of its own.


"We have lots of talent in this community, we're just not using it," he said.

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