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Lincoln Elementary School can be seen in the background as Joan Van Buren stands in the front yard of her Willmar home. Van Buren attended the school in the 1920s and was the first of four generations of her family to go to school there. (Tribune photos by Linda Vanderwerf)

One of Lincoln's early students laments its closing

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When Joan Van Buren was a little girl, growing up in Willmar, her grandfather led her by the hand across the family's land and pointed to Lincoln Elementary School.


"That's where you'll be going," he said, showing her the nearly new building.

Van Buren attended the school for her elementary education in the 1920s.

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