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The Willmar 8

Briana Sanchez/ Tribune Teren Novotny, from left, Sandi Treml and Irene Wallin attend the Willmar 8 exhibit Thursday at The Barn Theatre in downtown Willmar. Novotny, Treml, Sylvia Koll and Wallin, four of the original eight, attended a reception in their honor. The exhibit is a partnership with The Barn Theatre and the Kandiyohi Historical Society. 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the strike protesting unequal pay. The exhibit coincides with The Barn's production "9 to 5: The Musical." 1 / 9
Briana Sanchez/ Tribune Marcia Hoffman, a friend of Irene Wallin's daughter, talks about a photo at the Willmar 8 exhibit at The Barn Theatre in downtown Willmar. Teren Novotny, Sandi Treml, Sylvia Koll and Irene Wallin, four of the original eight, attended a reception Thursday at The Barn. The exhibit at The Barn is in partnership with the Kandiyohi Historical Society. 2 / 9
Briana Sanchez/ Tribune Attendees of the Willmar 8 exhibit at the Barn Theatre left notes for the women in a book at the entrance of the exhibit. Irene Wallin, Sandi Treml, Sylvia Koll and Teren Novotny talked to attendees of the exhibit.3 / 9
Briana Sanchez/ Tribune Women laugh at a comment Irene Wallin makes during the Willmar 8 exhibit at Ehe Barn Theatre. Teren Novotny, Sandi Treml, Sylvia Koll and Irene Wallin were four of the original eight. The exhibit was in partnership with the Kandiyohi Historical Society. 4 / 9
Briana Sanchez/ Tribune Teren Novotny, Sandi Treml, Sylvia Koll and Irene Wallin attend the Willmar 8 exhibit at The Barn Theatre. Novotny, Treml, Koll and Wallin were four of the original eight. 5 / 9
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Teren Novotny, Sylvia Koll, Sandi Treml and Irene Wallin, four of the original Willmar 8, talk Thursday about their experiences protesting unequal pay. The eight women involved went on strike Dec. 16, 1977.

December 2017 will mark the 40th anniversary of the strike. In honor of the upcoming anniversary, The Barn Theatre partnered with the Kandiyohi Historical Society to host the exhibit during The Barn's staging of the production "9 to 5: The Musical."

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