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Melissa Bodin, center right, and her children Page, left, and Brandi, right, traveled to Njeru, Uganda, in June and met 5-year-old Mayanja. They are his sponsors at the orphanage that bears their family member's names: the Michelle and Julia Hoffman Memorial Home. The Hoffmans were killed in a car accident in August 2012. (Submitted photo)

Move-in day at new orphanage in Uganda named for women killed in Hwy. 12 crash


CLARA CITY — Life’s journey ended Aug. 17, 2012, on U.S. Highway 12 near Willmar for Marta Stoffers, 68, her daughter-in-law Michelle Hoffman, 40, and Hoffman’s daughter, Julia, 8, when a drunk driver crossed the center line.

Life’s journey started anew today in Njeru, Uganda, for 50 children when they crossed a dusty street into their new home, the Michelle and Julia Hoffman Memorial Home.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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