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Shootout in downtown Willmar


The morning of July 15, 1930, was warm, sunny and tranquil -- until it erupted in a storm of bullets as a gang of five armed men robbed the Bank of Willmar, making off with thousands of dollars in cash and bonds. As they drove off in their getaway car, they scattered tacks behind them to slow pursuit.

Except for a few surviving witnesses and local history buffs, the daring robbery and shoot-out in the heart of downtown Willmar has mostly faded from memory.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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