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WILLMAR—Valerie and Dayanara were hard at work, coloring and cutting out paper fish. On the fish were words like wig, quit and hill. It was the day to work on the short "i" sound at the YMCA Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program. The girls and their classmates tucked their colorful fish into "fishbowls," blue construction paper shaped like a fishbowl, with a pocket on the front made of plastic wrap so the kids could see their fish swimming in the bowl. Some of the three- and four-letter words were unfamiliar, but the girls were able to sound them out.
WILLMAR—Two incumbents have filed to run for re-election to the Willmar School Board. Filing for school board and small city elected office opened Tuesday and will remain open until Aug. 16. The four-year terms of four board members will expire at the end of the year. Justin Bos, who was elected to the board in a special election in May, filed to run for a full four-year term. Mike Reynolds, the longest-serving member of the board, also filed. He has served since 2008 and had previously served from 1992 to 2003.
WILLMAR—When he works on the federal 2018 Farm Bill, U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway says he will be thinking about moms on food stamps and how changes in farm policy will affect their food costs. Conaway, R-Texas, chairman of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, visited Minnesota late last week. One of his stops was at Hultgren Farms in rural Raymond, just west of Willmar Saturday afternoon. Conaway said he looks forward to working with U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., the ranking minority member on the committee on the next Farm Bill.
SUNBURG -- Dustin J. Lundberg, 31, of Benson was injured Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash. Lundberg was taken by Sunburg Ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life...
WILLMAR -- The brick exteriors are going up on two science classroom additions at Willmar Middle School, and site preparation is moving along at the site of a new elementary...
WILLMAR -- The Willmar School Board and its teachers union may be nearing a resolution of their ongoing contract dispute. The two sides plan to meet again soon to continue...
WILLMAR -- The preliminary floor plan for a physical education addition at Willmar Senior High School has been approved. The Willmar School Board approved the plan at its meeting Monday...
WILLMAR—Boxes and trays of Lego bricks and a variety of other small plastic pieces have been strewn across tables in a classroom at the Area Learning Center each afternoon this summer. Legos are a fun part of the day for students in the Willmar Public Schools Migrant School program.
WILLMAR—The Willmar School Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the first floor board room at the Willmar Education and Arts Center. The board is scheduled to approve a preliminary plan for a gymnasium and physical education addition at Willmar Senior High school. Also on the agenda is approval of a 10-year facilities maintenance plan and two-year transportation contracts. At the end of the agenda, the board will close the meeting to the public to evaluate the performance of Superintendent Jeff Holm, who joined the district one year ago.
WILLMAR—For more than 500 students in Willmar Public Schools, June has been filled with math, science, reading and other activities. The school district's summer school will end this week, while a migrant school program will continue through July 15. Students who are about to finish school for the summer said Tuesday they have had fun, though some said they would be glad to be done, too. "It's pretty fun," said Lonnie Sanchez, who will be going into sixth grade this fall. "Classes are a little longer, and we do stuff that's more interesting."