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Erica Ellestad of the Willmar High School food and nutrition services sets out a bowl of fruit Wednesday for students to select from during their lunch period. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

While contentious school lunch guidelines have eased, changes will not be seen immediately


WILLMAR — Don’t expect school lunches to change right away, even though the U.S. Agriculture Department has agreed to loosen restrictions on meat and grains served in schools.

Minnesota school districts have been told to wait until they receive official rules before changing menus, said Annette Derouin, who heads food services programs for the Willmar, New London-Spicer and Montevideo school districts and Community Christian School in Willmar.

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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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