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Elaine Bolland of the Harmony Visitation Center demonstrates a bubble-making toy in a playroom in the basement of the Kandiyohi County Courthouse. The space is used for daytime sessions of supervised visitation with children, one of the services Harmony provides. A budget squeeze is limiting the number of sessions the center can conduct. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

Loss of grant funds a sour note for Harmony Visitation Center


WILLMAR -- A 35 percent budget cut for the Harmony Visitation Center will mean the loss of safe and secure opportunities for children to have court-ordered visitation with non-custodial parents.

It could also increase the violence kids see during child-care exchanges between their feuding parents.

The center is facing a $50,000 shortfall after it was turned down for a major foundation grant that was intended to replace a two-year state grant that ended in October.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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