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Willmar's Safe Avenues to celebrate with its 5th annual gala next month


WILLMAR -- For Chuck and M'Liss Switzer of St. Paul, the physical violence in their marriage started on their honeymoon 48 years ago.

But after 18 years, he realized he needed to make a change. The couple sought help and ended the battering.

"Their goal was to stop the violence, not the marriage," said Connie Schmoll, director of Safe Avenues in Willmar. "They are a very rare couple."

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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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