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Becker Market in downtown Willmar, Minn., opens for summer this week

WILLMAR -- Becker Market will open Thursday for the first time this summer.

Becker Market will be open extended hours this year, from 2-5:30 p.m. each Thursday, between Fourth and Fifth streets on Becker Avenue in downtown Willmar.

The market will be selling greens and some vegetables this week, along with fresh bread. The cafe and the sampling booth will be open, and there will be music.

Shopping carts and volunteers to help customers load their carts will both be available.

The "hive" information center has Becker Market Bucks for those who want to use cards and further information on special events. It will also be the location for picking up online orders, and a co-op booth for vendors who couldn't be present will also be set up.

-- Staff reports