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December 5, 2016
Ben Dehmlow, director of operations for New 2 You Thrift Store in Willmar, shows just a small portion of the thousands of items available at the store. The store has started a new program called Corners of Your Field, which donates thrift store gift cards to churches and nonprofits to help in the community.

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Harvesting unused goods to benefit nonprofits: Thrift store donors can give to organizations of their choice
December 5, 2016 - 7:34am
November 20, 2016
Briana Sanchez / Tribune
Downtown Willmar hosts annual Holidaze parade
November 20, 2016 - 7:02pm
November 2, 2016
Columbia Heights Police Officer Mohammed Farah, left, talks Wednesday about the actions people in the community can take in order to better understand someone from a different country. 

Briana Sanchez / Tribune
Bridging the divide to enhance public safety
November 2, 2016 - 9:53pm
November 1, 2016
KMS, Willmar, Morris Area FFAers earn national awards
November 1, 2016 - 5:54am
October 31, 2016
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Many causes of 'bud blast'
October 31, 2016 - 1:14am
October 7, 2016
Jesse Borer and his daughter Nellie fill up the Blessing Box with goods Monday at Woodland Centers on the corner of Sixth street Southeast and Willmar Avenue. The Blessing Box is one of two boxes that Borer plans to place around Willmar. Items that can go in the box include non-perishable items such as diapers, books, canned food and toothpaste. Borer said there is a lot of traffic around that area, and he hopes the placement will help people notice the box.

Briana Sanchez / Tribune
Willmar's first Blessing Box installed
October 7, 2016 - 8:00pm
October 4, 2016
A program for pre-kindergarten families that teaches kids skills like sharing may yield better behavior and higher grades, a small study suggests. 

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Family classes tied to better school performance for poor kids
October 4, 2016 - 7:29am
October 2, 2016
When it comes to government, things could be worse
October 2, 2016 - 5:00pm
September 8, 2016
'Honor the Badge' event set Sunday at Robbins Island
September 8, 2016 - 1:34pm
September 6, 2016
Carolyn Lange / Tribune

The Willmar Area Food Shelf's branch office in New London closed last week. Other programs at the site, including a free household exchange program operated by The Link and a secondhand clothing store operated by the Evangelical Covenant Church, are still there. The Willmar Area Food Shelf's satellite location at the Campus Ministry Center of Ridgewater College was also closed.
Willmar Area Food Shelf closes New London, Ridgewater branch sites
September 6, 2016 - 6:37pm
September 5, 2016
A steady stream of people stop Monday alongside a road near Paynesville, overlooking a farm pasture where the remains of Jacob Wetterling were found. (Carolyn Lange / Tribune)
Paynesville area pays respects to Jacob
September 5, 2016 - 8:17pm
August 26, 2016
Brian Edwards / Tribune

The Church of St. Patrick in Kandiyohi, which will close its doors Saturday, is the oldest church community in Kandiyohi County.
Two Kandiyohi County churches close their doors this weekend
August 26, 2016 - 7:28am
August 24, 2016
Tom Cherveny / Tribune

Dylan Dambroten, from left, Gregg Dambroten and Ryan Dambroten walk Wednesday evening in the basement of what was the Hawk Creek Lutheran Church in rural Sacred Heart. They are among area residents who came to see the remains of the fire-damaged church as work began to raze and remove it.
Hawk Creek Lutheran plans 'celebration' Sunday
August 24, 2016 - 11:50pm
August 23, 2016
A crowd gathers Tuesday for a candlelight vigil in memory of 5-year-old Alayna Ertl at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins. 
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Hundreds gather in memory of 5-year-old Alayna Ertl
August 23, 2016 - 11:16pm
August 22, 2016
It's important to drink more water during the summer. (Special to Forum News Service)
10 tips to avoid summer sabotage of diet, exercise
August 22, 2016 - 4:16pm
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