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WILLMAR -- This Thanksgiving, your turkey won't be the only thing that's stuffed. Wednesday's edition of the West Central Tribune will be filled with all of the Black Friday advertisements, inserts and coupons that shoppers need for the big day. The newspaper, which is one of the best-selling editions of the year, will include nearly 20 promotional inserts, mostly from big-box stores.
WILLMAR -- In many ways, Ron Adams' newest painting, a 7½-foot-by-12-foot depiction of a small-town parade scene, serves as a fitting tribute not only to the local area, but to his own life as well. While describing his latest project -- which took nearly a year and a half to complete -- he mentions all the people in his life who are featured in the painting: his brother, a few of his good friends, his dog Jimi, his two daughters Ema and Jamie, and his late wife, Linda -- the true inspiration behind the painting.
After weeks of debates, campaign mailers and new polls being released practically every day, Election Day is finally here. I'm incredibly excited, because it will be the first time I've worked in a newsroom for a general election.
WILLMAR -- Forget Republican or Democrat. At the Vinje Lutheran Church lutefisk and meatball supper, held every year on Election Day, people align themselves with two different but equally polarizing parties: butter or cream sauce. "The only thing political about our lutefisk supper is the strong divide between people who top their lutefisk with butter or cream sauce," said the Rev. Jeff Engholm, pastor at Vinje Lutheran Church. "People could debate about that subject for hours." Vinje has been hosting a lutefisk and meatball supper every year on Election Day for 95 years.
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WILLMAR -- It's usually a good sign when an event outgrows its venue.
GROVE CITY -- On Friday morning, 48 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City fourth-graders braved the cold and a few raindrops to harvest vegetables from the school district's garden. In addition to lessons in math and science, the group of fourth-graders also took away lessons in healthy eating and living. "Hopefully they understand why we're doing this, for the health and nutritional aspect," said Tami Bennett-Tait, data instructional coach and continuing improvement specialist for the ACGC School District.