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Gabriela Miller, left, and her mother, Sofia Miller, are pictured during a family vacation in June 2008 in front of La Moneda, the presidential palace in Santiago, Chile. Sofia Miller is a native of Chile and teaches in the Willmar School District. Gabriela is currently teaching in Chile. Submitted photo

Quake hits home for some with roots in the local area


WILLMAR -- The handful of families in Willmar with ties to Chile have been able to contact their loved ones, and everyone seems to have come through the earthquake there in good shape.

Chile was hit by an enormous 8.8-magnitude earthquake shortly after 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

The confirmed death toll had reached 802 by Wednesday afternoon. The earthquake is estimated to have caused as much as $30 billion in damage.

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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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