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A vehicle passes Monday on 11th Avenue Southeast as students walk home from Willmar Middle School at the end of the day. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Local initiative examines ways to encourage safe routes to school for students

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WILLMAR -- It's 2:30 on the dot and students at the Willmar Middle School are streaming out the doors.

On the north side of the building, where the school buses are queued up, kids who live close enough to walk are headed across the street and toward home -- only there are no crosswalks, and one of the sidewalks stops several feet short of the intersection.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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