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Doug Doering, left, leads Willmar's new Teen Dads group that aims to help the young men become better fathers. Mike Harrell, right, one of the participants, said he is grateful for the guidance, and the group is a comfortable place for the fathers to share advice with each other as well. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

Teen Dads group in Willmar, Minn., helps young fathers become the role models many of them never had

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WILLMAR -- When Mike Harrell was 18, he met a girl named Amanda who had a six-month-old baby boy.

He fell instantly in love -- with the baby and Amanda -- and has been a father to the now 3-year-old little boy ever since.


"I didn't want to be one of those guys that walked away," said Harrell, who turned 21 on Friday.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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