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Kathy Torkelson demonstrates how to make a puppet using glue, an air-filled balloon and newspaper to a group of children in the five-day puppetry workshop at The Barn Theatre in Willmar. (Tribune photo by Eric Ludy)

In an electronic age, a low-tech way to entertain and create

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Beyond all the electronic stimulation of video games and laptop computers -- sometimes all kids need to be entertained is some paper, glue, and a little imagination, said Kathy Torkelson.

Her point was on display on Tuesday as a group of children ages 8 to 12 sat in rapt attention as she glued torn-up bits of newspaper onto an air-filled balloon at The Barn Theatre in Willmar. They were learning how to make puppets that they'll feature in shows of their own creation this Friday.

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