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Mary Carlson, from left, Michelle Carlson, Ben Carlson and Noah Vreeman talk about the Penny War for Chile as they stand at the fundraiser table Tuesday in the Willmar Middle School cafeteria. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Willmar Middle School holds collection competition to raise money for South American nation devastated by earthquake


WILLMAR -- Hector Pinochet of Willmar was in Santiago, Chile, when an enormous earthquake shook the ground for 3½ minutes in the early morning of Feb. 27.

Pinochet, pastor at the Asemblea de Dios Espana in Willmar, saw the devastation all around him and spent the next month working to help people who had lost homes and loved ones. He called home when he could, usually for just a couple minutes each time.

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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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