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Willmar instructor and student council adviser Travis Michelson, left, looks over a collection of WHS homecoming buttons dating back more than 50 years and collected by Lee Wierschem. Wierschem brought the idea of reviving the homecoming buttons to Michelson and student council members, and received a spirited endorsement. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Willmar alumni and students reviving traditional display of Cardinal Pride

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WILLMAR -- It's easy to find Cardinal Pride on display at Hoddap Field, but if you have an eye for it like Lee Wierschem, you can find it at rummage sales, auctions and a thrift shop or two.

A self-confessed packrat, Wierschem has made collecting Willmar homecoming buttons his latest passion. Now, it's to become everyone's passion.

For the first time since around 2000, Willmar High School will be again stamping out a commemorative homecoming button.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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