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Rudy Vigil of WRAC8 tapes Early Childhood Coordinator Jodi Wambeke as she reads a story from the Ben and Bella series Thursday in the basement of Jefferson School. The local access cable channel and early childhood program are teaming up to create a series of programs aimed at helping kids who are learning English. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

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WILLMAR -- Ben and Bella will be making their television debut in Willmar next week.

Ben, a young bear, and Bella, a friendly hippo, are the stars of a new read-along series, "Ben and Bella Read Along," produced for Willmar Regional Access Channels.

The series is the brainchild of WRAC coordinator Rudy Vigil and Jodi Wambeke, Early Childhood Education coordinator for Willmar Community Education and Recreation.

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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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