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Ridgewater College professor Shawn Mueske is pictured in his office on the Willmar campus. Mueske is one of four Minnesota educators recently honored by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees as an educator of the year. "I get very good students; I would call them exceptional," Mueske, a biology instructor, said in his office last week, where his award, top, was on display. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Willmar, Minn., educator's high expectations pay dividends

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WILLMAR -- If the students in Shawn Mueske's biology classes are studying about fingerprints, shoeprints, blood typing, throat cultures or bacteria in food, he uses samples from students and gets them involved in the learning.


He cares about them, and they know it.

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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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