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Nancy Winter, a Kandiyohi County nutrition educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Service, right, helped teach cooking classes to teen moms as shown in this Tribune file photo of a class conducted in October 2011. Because of federal budget cuts, the University of Minnesota Extension program has eliminated about 40 percent of its county nutrition educators. The staff reductions take effect next week. Tribune file photo by Carolyn Lange

Loss of nutrition educators through SNAP cuts already felt locally

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On the second Tuesday of every month, nearly 200 people line up at the Willmar Area Food Shelf to receive free produce delivered by a truck from Second Harvest Heartland. Besides the typical apples and potatoes, there can be a hodgepodge of fruits and vegetables like lemon cucumbers, bok choy and squash that not everyone knows how to prepare.


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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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