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WILLMAR -- In late 1995, Bennett Office Technologies went online as the area's first commercial Internet service provider.

"Back then, we thought dial-up was the cat's meow," said Russ Bennett, owner of what was then called Bennett Office Products.

Dial-up service allows users to access the Internet over telephone lines using a modem connected to their computer.

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Gary Miller

Born and attended public schools in Willmar, Minn. Served 20 years in U.S. Navy as a photojournalist. Worked at West Central Tribune since retiring from the Navy in 1994.

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