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Justin Barrientos, 15, from left, Cole Christensen, turning 15 on July 3, and Brandon Engelkes, 14, discuss Wednesday the possible shutdown of state government. The driver's education students in a Willmar Community Education and Recreation Department class conducted at the Willmar Middle School would be prevented from taking a permit test if the state shuts down. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

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WILLMAR -- Cole Christensen turns 15 on Sunday. Bailey Kemp is already 15. So are several other students in Larry Hastad's driver's education class.


The 20-student class finishes the classroom portion of their training on Friday, and some of them had planned to take their permit tests soon after receiving proof of completion from Hastad.

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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