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The 75-year-old mural at the auditorium contains many mysteries. It tells the story of the settling of the Midwest, the legacy of the U.S.-Indian Wars, and those that followed: The Civil, Spanish-American and World War I. It celebrates the nation’s constitutional rights, from the right of assembly and the press to the end of slavery. It also contains airplanes that look like modern-day stealth bombers. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

The history, mystery and purpose of War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Willmar, Minn., comes to light

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WILLMAR — The 75th anniversary of the Willmar War Memorial Auditorium was allowed to go unnoticed last year, but there is a chance to make up for it.


This can be the year that Willmar celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Richard Haines mural it holds, and let the world know about all that is here, according to Dale Johnson, former parks and recreation director for the city.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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