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Students at Ridgewater work on the local Habitat for Humanity charter's 14th home

Jordan Daugherty of Prinsburg measures a piece of wood prior to cutting its with a table saw as first-year carpentry students from Ridgewater College build frames Tuesday at the site of the new Habitat for Humanity home under cosntruction on Northwood Court Northwest in Willmar. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

First-year carpentry students from Ridgewater College spent Tuesday framing at the latest house being built by Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota. The house, the 14th to be built by the local Habitat chapter and located on Northwood Court Northwest in Willmar, is the product of a partnership between Habitat and the college.

"From foundation to shingles, it's being done by students," said Jake Pulsifer, Ridgewater's first-year carpentry instructor.

Pulsifer was on the site Tuesday with his students, giving them pointers as they built and then erected the frame, section by section. Second-year students laid the foundation and did site layout, Pulsifer said.

Students in Ridgewater's electrician program are also working on the project, according to an August news release by Habitat. The house will be the future home of Angie and Albert Martinez, their three children and a niece. Family will contribute "sweat equity" in the construction of their home, the release stated.

Ridgewater recently announced it plans to suspend its second-year carpentry program, but will redesign and maintain its first-year carpentry program. The second-year program could be revived if demand increases.

Gary Miller

Gary Miller is a Designer for Forum Communications Co. Born and attended public schools in Willmar, Minn. Served 20 years in U.S. Navy as a photojournalist. Worked at West Central Tribune and Forum Communications since retiring from the Navy in 1994.

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