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Bill Oakleaf of Willmar recently completed a 20-foot mural he has been working on for four years. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

Willmar artist ever ready to serve


Deer wander in a grassy field. A rabbit peeks up from behind a rock. A loan eagle soars overhead, and raccoons drink from a creek.

Bill Oakleaf hopes the animals he tucked into the landscape on his 20-foot mural of Texas wildflowers will attract the interest of the children who will see it at the Tejas for Christian Ministry in Giddings, Texas.

The Willmar man just finished the mural, part of the volunteer work he's done during his 20 years of retirement.

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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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