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June 17, 2018
1,700 reading, math tutors sought for Minnesota schools
June 17, 2018 - 11:06am
December 6, 2017
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A seventh-grade student works on math homework at a Willmar Middle School after-school program in this October file photo. Willmar Middle School students’ math scores surpass the state average and their progress was highlighted when the school district conducted its annual public hearing on its World’s Best Workforce progress recently.
Willmar makes progress on World's Best Workforce goals
December 6, 2017 - 10:25pm
July 19, 2017
British writer JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series of books, poses during the launch of new online website Pottermore in London, England on June 23, 2011. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett/File Photo
Two new Harry Potter books to be released in October
July 19, 2017 - 1:50pm
July 17, 2017
Why this superintendent is banning homework - and asking kids to read instead
July 17, 2017 - 2:27pm
June 1, 2016
Roosevelt Elementary Principal Lori Lockhart prepares to kiss a pig Wednesday in the Willmar school's parking lot. (RAND MIDDLETON | TRIBUNE) play button
The principal and the pig
June 1, 2016 - 11:28pm
March 12, 2016
Vianney Barrera, 5, and Jared Barrera, 9, concentrate as they color during the family night. Gary Miller | Tribune
Family Night at Willmar school imparts on parents the importance of reading
March 12, 2016 - 11:25am
March 4, 2016
Miranda Roelofs, 2016 Queen of the Festivals, reads to second graders Friday in Denise Dierenfeld’s class at Community Christian School. (RAND MIDDLETON | TRIBUNE)
Once upon a time ...
March 4, 2016 - 11:48pm
March 2, 2016
Elijah Hernandez is a top reader in Colleen Kamstra's third-grade class.
Bookin' it on Dr. Seuss' birthday
March 2, 2016 - 11:01am
February 6, 2016
Kennedy Elementary students share a good read
February 6, 2016 - 9:56am
March 21, 2015
An element Kelly Scherer, teen services librarian, said is integral to getting teens excited about reading is cover art. Teens, she said, are often turned off by a poorly designed or ill-conceived book cover. Tribune photo by Dan Burdett
For teens looking for a great read, some social interaction, library’s book club is the place to be
March 21, 2015 - 12:16am
October 29, 2014
Batman, AKA Dave Paulsen, and Batboy, Paulsen’s son Ben, 5, entertain costumed children with heroic deeds and reading books about his fellow superheroes’ daring deeds. Batman turns 75 years old this year, and to mark the occasion, Willmar Public Library hosted a superhero party where children, ages 3 to 10 were invited to come dressed as their favorite superhero. (TRIBUNE/Gary Miller)
October 29, 2014 - 12:09am
June 8, 2014
In this undated photo, Adrian Cruz, left, and Keilynn Swenson, read aloud to one another in Nick Clasemann’s second-grade classroom at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar. The U.S. Department of Education estimates that students can lose the equivalent of two months of reading or math skills over the summer if their brains aren’t kept active. It’s referred to as “summer slide.” Tribune photo
Local teacher, library offer advice for kids to avoid ‘summer slide’
June 8, 2014 - 11:18pm
February 13, 2013
Willmar, Minn., elementary reading scores showing improvement
February 13, 2013 - 10:53pm
August 23, 2012
Willmar author and Tracy native Scott Thoma, left, is a frequent speaker on his first book, "Out of the Blue,'' and in the process has won support from many well-known personalities, including WCCO's Don Shelby. (Submitted)
Willmar, Minn., author gets it right in first book
August 23, 2012 - 9:31am
June 9, 2012
The books contained in these boxes will be mailed through the United Way of West Cnetral Minnesota's participation in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program. The United Way has been involved in the program for seven years. Tribune photo by Ron Adams
Imagination Library helps instill a love of reading in littlest learners
June 9, 2012 - 12:00am