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Tatonka Pendleton, 6, left, looks over toys Sunday with Willmar Police Officer Matt Peters during the annual Shop With a Cop event at Wal-Mart Supercenter in Willmar. Twenty children, including Alyah Anderson, 10, top right, who shopped with Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Deputy Brett Bilky, received a $50 Wal-Mart gift card to shop with during the event. Tribune photos by Ron Adams

Kids get to purchase, wrap their holiday gifts, all with a police escort in Willmar, Minn.

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Twenty children got a police escort through the local Wal-Mart Supercenter Sunday evening, but they we-ren't in any trouble with the law and at the end of the evening, they had wrapped Christmas presents to give their family members. The annual "Shop with a Cop" event has been going on in Willmar for about 10 years, according to Willmar Police Sgt. Julie Asmus.


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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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