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Candidate forum tonight in Willmar, Minn., for Senate District 17, House District 17B

WILLMAR -- Candidates for Senate District 17 and House District 17B will participate in a debate tonight in Willmar.

The slate includes Sen. Joe Gimse, R-Willmar, and Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, who are both vying for the Senate seat for District 17. Also participating the candidates vying for the House seat in District 17B: Zachary Liebl, Independence Party, Atwater, Mary Sawatzky, DFL-Willmar, and Rep. Bruce Vogel, R-Willmar.

Sponsored by the Coalition for Greater Minnesota Cities, the forum will be at 6 p.m. tonight in the Willmar City Council chambers in the Willmar Municipal Utilities building, 700 Litchfield Ave. S.W.

Senate District 17 includes all of Kandiyohi, Swift and Chippewa counties and most of Renville County.

District 17B includes all of Kandiyohi County except for four townships in the southwest corner of the county.