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Katelyn Hansen, 13, conducts an experiment Jan. 13 at Willmar Middle School. Science classrooms at the school, which was constructed in the 1960s, are outdated, and school officials fear the rooms are not equipped to deal with the increasing needs for science instruction. Muna Abdlahi, 12, is pictured below during the same class. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Willmar Middle School students studying science in cramped, outdated classrooms


Bob the fish wasn't doing so well. He was cold, because the beaker that served as his fish bowl was sitting in a pan full of snow. His breathing had slowed, and he didn't move around as much. If a goldfish can seem unhappy, he did. Things got better when the snow was replaced by warm water, and his little world began to warm up.

The quartet of seventh-graders who had named him Bob watched the fish's reaction and counted his respirations as he was ch-illed and warmed up.

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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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