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Editorial: YMCA campaign is worthy effort

The Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA is nearly halfway to its $3 million capital campaign goal.

 That is a very good start.

 Some of the major contributors to this community effort include: Jennie-O Turkey Store, Affiliated Community Medical Centers, MinnWest Technology Campus, the Linder family and Duininck Companies.

 The YMCA opened in 2002 following a six-year effort to plan, fund and build the new facility designed for 3,000 members.

 A decade later, the YMCA has a membership of more than 5,800 — nearly twice the current building’s capacity.

 The current campaign will fund a building project that will:

 • Expand the Wellness Center;

 • Build a new multi-purpose gymnasium with a track;

 • Build a large wellness studio;

 • Build a specialized room for special needs classes and ready-to-be-fit exercisers;

 • Build two racquetball courts.

 The YMCA in Willmar has long been a community-based effort, first founded in 1996 by a group of local citizens. The YMCA’s leadership now developed this building proposal to meet the organization’s program and facility needs through its next decade.

 The YMCA’s capital campaign is a worthy investment in this organization and the Kandiyohi County community. We encourage individuals, businesses and organization to help the YMCA complete this capital campaign.