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Gina Lieser, left, and Stacey Roberts show off the many purses that have been donated for the third annual "Power of the Purse" fundraiser on Saturday for Empower, a women's philanthropy initiative that is part of the United Way of West Central Minnesota. Tribune photo by Anne Polta

Kindergarten readiness targeted


WILLMAR -- A United Way women's philanthropy initiative hopes to raise upwards of $14,000 this weekend to help increase kindergarten readiness among Kandiyohi County children.

Empower is hosting its third annual "Power of the Purse" auction of designer handbags on Saturday. Guests also will have a chance to tour four homes on Green Lake and attend a social hour at Melvin's on the Lake in Spicer.

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