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Dave Rudie, right, who has taught third-grade for 24 years, said he had no idea about the A Day Made Better award until he heard his name chanted in the hallway. Students flock around him Tuesday as he’s honored. Tribune photo by Linda Vanderwerf

It’s a day of celebration at Kennedy Elementary

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WILLMAR — It was a day of celebration Tuesday at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar.

At an early morning staff meeting, Principal Todd Goggleye told the staff that the school had made remarkable progress in its annual state rankings. Kennedy had an increase of more than 40 percentage points for a building that was among the lowest-ranked schools in the state a year ago.


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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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