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School lunches have been in the news since a Utah school was reported to have taken lunches from students and thrown away the food. An annual survey of school lunches in Minnesota was released last week, and Willmar officials said eight trays had been pulled from senior high students since September. This undated file photo shows students at lunch in the cafeteria at Willmar Senior High. Tribune photo

Districts say they work with parents, percentage of meals pulled is miniscule

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WILLMAR — After a half dozen students had their lunch trays taken away from them in line last spring, the New London-Spicer Parent Teacher Organization stepped in.

The PTO donated $1,500 to help the school district feed children whose lunch accounts were in deficit, and the tray-pulling has stopped, said New London-Spicer Superintendent Paul Carlson.

Last week, Willmar officials said eight trays had been pulled from senior high students since September.

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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