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Legislative candidate forum scheduled Wednesday in Willmar, Minn.

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

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

The slate includes Sen. Joe Gimse, R-Willmar, and Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, who are both vying for the newly created Senate District 17, which includes all of Kandiyohi, Swift and Chippewa counties and most of Renville County.

Also participating in the forum are the candidates vying for the House District 17B seat: Zachary Liebl, Independence Party, Atwater, Mary Sawatzky, DFL-Willmar, and Rep. Bruce Vogel, R-Willmar.

District 17B includes all of Kandiyohi County except for fou