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WILLMAR — Graduates were all smiles Thursday at the 30th annual Willmar Area Learning Center graduation ceremony at the Willmar Education and Arts Center. More than 30 graduates received their diplomas from ALC, Willmar Adult Basic Education and Prairie Lakes Education programs.
WILLMAR — For the Bouncing Bulldogs, jump roping is more than just for fun. It's a way to give back to their community. The jump rope demonstration team came all the way from North Carolina to visit schools in the Willmar area and to introduce what jump roping can provide for students and young people.
ATWATER — Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City students learned character development skills at a theater workshop Wednesday conducted by the Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis. Kindergarten through fifth-grade classes at ACGC Elementary School in Atwater spent time with Julie Smith-Healey of the theater company, pretending to be cats, dogs, bees and many other things.
WILLMAR - Fifth-grade students from Kennedy Elementary School learned the ins and outs of fishing Friday at Neer Park in New London as a part of the Kids' Fishing Event for the 71st annual Governor's Fishing Opener. This year's opener event is being hosted in the Willmar Lakes Area. The students learned about different types of fish, how to cast a rod and how to make their own bait. Members of Little Crow Anglers and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Spicer were some of those involved in hosting the event.
WILLMAR — Members of the Islamic Society of Willmar held an Iftar Dinner Thursday evening to celebrate the upcoming month of fasting for Ramadan. All community members were invited to participate and traditional food was served. Ramadan begins Tuesday and will end on June 14. The daily fast observed by Muslims begins at dawn and ends at sunset. Iftar is a meal eaten after sunset — the meal that breaks the fast.
Fire destroyed the house on 194th Avenue Southwest in Roseland. Further details were not immediately available. Multiple fire departments, including Willmar, Prinsburg and Raymond, responded to the home south of Willmar. Further details were not immediately available.
WILLMAR - Willmar Senior High School students dressed to impress for prom Friday evening in Willmar. Students participated in the grand march at the high school to show off their formal wear before loading buses that took them to Stonewall Farms in rural Willmar, where the prom was held. Students drove vehicles such as motorcycles, corvettes and convertibles. This is the first year the prom, which typically is held at the high school, was at Stonewall Farms in Willmar. Post-prom activities returned to the high school.
WILLMAR - Community members and families put on their work boots to help clean up the playground and park area at Robbins Island Tuesday evening prior to the Governor's Fishing Opener next weekend. Volunteers raked leaves, picked up trash, wiped down playground equipment and much more to beautify the area for the upcoming events.
WILLMAR - Willmar Senior High School students watched emergency responders arrive Tuesday at the scene of a mock car crash outside of the school. The mock crash was conducted in collaboration with several local agencies to educate students on what happens at the scene of an accident. The staged scenario occurred after the driver, portrayed by senior Jordyn Swoboda, was texting while in a construction zone and crashed into a construction vehicle, in turn killing the passenger, played by senior Clay Carlson. See video at wctrib.com.
WILLMAR — Ridgewater College students Tenille Jacobson, left, Julissa Esquivel and Hanne Tebben lounge Monday outside of North American State Bank in Willmar. Spring temperatures have finally arrived in west central Minnesota after a blizzard a week ago.