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WILLMAR — About 100 women and girls gathered Saturday at Willmar’s Evangelical Free Church to use their hands and talents to help the community. The church’s fifth annual Make a Difference Day was a rousing success, said Anderson, director of the church’s women’s ministries. “It was a blast,” Anderson said Sunday afternoon. “We all worked together, and we got a ton accomplished.” The day is organized by church member Emily Heglund. The turnout and the amount of work done were impressive. Anderson estimated that about 90 adults and a dozen girls attended the event.
WILLMAR — Zeinab Igale and Rosa Cisneros were pretty sure that the black can sitting in front of the spotlight was going to get warmer inside than the silver can next to it; Blake Dotson thought it just might be the silver can. The sixth-graders at Willmar Middle School watched as a temperature probe hooked up to each side of the experiment wirelessly delivered readings to an iPad tablet computer at 60-second intervals.
WILLMAR — It’s up to the Willmar School Board now to decide the next step in an effort to improve its school facilities. At its Monday meeting, the board received the recommendations of a task force that recommended building a new middle school next door to Willmar Senior High. The board also welcomed new member Laura Warne on Monday.
WILLMAR — The Willmar School Board will receive a recommendation Monday from the facilities task force it appointed last year. The task force voted in December to recommend building a new middle school near the high school at the northeastern edge of Willmar. The board meets at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the board room on the first floor of the Willmar Education and Arts Center, 611 Fifth St.
WILLMAR — Most area school districts are closed today due to brutal winter weather. Gov. Mark Dayton had ordered schools to close on Monday because of bad road conditions and extreme cold temperatures and wind chill readings. Dayton and Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius left the decision about today’s schools up to local districts. By late afternoon Monday, area superintendents had made the call, and nearly all of them had decided to close school.
WILLMAR — Many school districts in the area will be closed again Tuesday, as brutally cold temperatures and wind chills continue to plague Minnesota. Other districts will be starting two hours late. Schools were closed today by order of Gov. Mark Dayton, but Dayton said the decision was up to individual school districts for Tuesday. In addition to the cold temperatures, many area roads are dangerously icy due to freezing rain last weekend.
ROSEVILLE — The state is leaving it up to local school leaders to decide whether to hold classes on Tuesday, when temperatures are expected to be nearly as cold as today. Gov.
WILLMAR - Willmar Middle School has a program that hopes to catch kids before they fall through the cracks and head toward dropping out of school. Check and Connect matches volunteer mentors from the school’s staff with kids who seem to need a little guidance in their lives. The program isn’t for kids who are in trouble all the time.
By Linda Vanderwerf email@example.com WILLMAR — When students return from their break on Jan. 6, Community Christian School of Willmar will have all its students back, even the ones who just moved to Florida. Sophomore Hannah Reid and fifth-grade brother Brett will be attending CCS via robotic telepresence. Each of them will be piloting a robot from their new home in Florida so they can continue to attend CCS. They were at the school Friday afternoon practicing their navigation skills.
WILLMAR — Emily Turrubiates, a sophomore at Willmar Senior High, is on her second trip through an algebra class, and she feels like she’s finally getting it. “I understand it more than before,” she said in the classroom used for the school-in-the-school program that began this fall. Turrubiates and other students who have struggled in a math or science class can now use the SIS program to spend part of their day in the program recovering credits they need to stay on track for graduation. Students’ reasons for using the program vary.