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Abby Teisinger, right, and Starlite Rivera dance to the music at the Lincoln School dance. A party was held at the school May 21, celebrating the end of the school year, and the end of an era for Lincoln Elementary School in Willmar. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

Former Lincoln and Jefferson students reminisce

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Jefferson Elementary students used to eat Dilly Bars on the last day of school.

The kids at Lincoln Elementary enjoyed the closeness of their neighborhood school.

Former students' memories will take on a bittersweet flavor after this past week.

The last classes of students left both schools on Thursday, and both buildings are now closed as full-fledged elementary schools. They are victims of declining enrollment and tight school budgets.

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