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Students Blanca Zuniga, from left, Irma Villarreal and Melody Ahlbrecht talk Thursday with Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie at Ridgewater College in Willmar. Ridgewater's Student Senate is leading a campus effort to register students to vote in Minnesota, and Ritchie helped distribute voter information at the school. (Tribune photos by Ron Adams)

Minnesota secretary of state registers voters at Ridgewater


WILLMAR -- More than 80 students have registered to vote this week at Ridgewater College.

The Student Senate started the effort this week, part of a competition among the state's colleges to register young people.

It got a boost Thursday with a visit from Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, who distributed voter information to students in the cafeteria on the school's Willmar campus. Red and white "I Will Vote" stickers and free popcorn sweetened the deal.

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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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