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Lester V. Molenaar, inventor and renowned Willmar businessman, dies after long illness


WILLMAR -- Peter Molenaar hoped his son, Lester V. Molenaar, would become a good farmer. Although the younger Molenaar farmed for 19 years, his real interest was in business and inventions.

"He always had an ambition to be in manufacturing,'' says Lester's son Steve, of Willmar. "His father got him started in farming, but he felt he never was a very good farmer, and he was inventing things back on the farm.''

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David Little
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