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WILLMAR -- The future of the Willmar Post Prom could be in jeopardy. Past organizers are unable to continue with their work on the all-night party, and unless someone takes over, the event will not be held after the Willmar Senior High prom. Past organizer Beth Piepenburg asked in a news release that parents of students pitch in to keep the party going. Last year more than 200 students attended Post Prom. The event is open to all students attending prom and other juniors and seniors at Willmar Senior High.
WILLMAR -- Mary Sawatzky of Willmar has announced her candidacy for the Minnesota House in District 13B. Sawatzky, 50, a teacher in the Willmar School District, will run as a Democrat. The seat is currently held by Rep. Bruce Vogel, R-Willmar. Sawatzky announced her candidacy in advance of the Feb. 7 Minnesota precinct caucuses. "I am here because I am committed to collaborating with others in St.
WILLMAR -- Mary Sawatzky of Willmar has announced her candidacy for the Minnesota House in District 13B. Sawatzky, 50, a teacher in the Willmar School District, will run as a Democrat. The seat is currently held by Rep.
WILLMAR -- Cost was the reason the Islamic Society of Willmar decided not to purchase the Garfield School building and property, a representative of the society said Friday. Mohamed Hassan said remodeling the building for use as a mosque and religious education center would have been too costly. The Islamic Society continues to look for property that will be more suited to its needs, Hassan said. The society currently has a mosque and education center at 410 Becker Ave. S.W.
It may seem a long way off, but GED testing will be changing at the beginning of 2014. For students in the process of earning a GED, they have until the end of 2013 to finish under the current procedures or start over again. People who have started the process of taking the five timed tests that are part of earning a high school diploma need to know that they should finish before the changes go into effect.
WILLMAR -- A combined effort of the Willmar School District and local businesses might put iPad2s in the hands of juniors and seniors at Willmar Senior High next fall. High school teachers presented the possibility during a School Board meeting dedicated to technology issues Monday. The board reviewed the three-year technology plan for the district.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar School Board met with former head volleyball coach Terrin DeBoer at noon Monday. After a 15-minute closed meeting, the board took no action. Board members had already voted not to renew her contract in November. The meeting was held at DeBoer's request, her legal right after the contract was not renewed.
There's fresh paint inside and out, and a new bar has been built. But a quick look around will tell you that the new Zorbaz on Green Lake still has some things in common with its former incarnation as Melvin's on the Lake. "We reused what we could," said manager Scott Sc-hulte as he looked around the dining room of the Spicer restaurant. "If it's not broke, why fix it?" Zorbaz opened at the Spicer location a week ago. Zorbaz is using the same tables and chairs in the dining room with shiny new finishes on the tabletops.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar School Board met with former head volleyball coach Terrin DeBoer at noon Monday. After a 15-minute closed meeting, the board took no action. Board members had already voted not to renew her contract in November. After the meeting, DeBoer said she did not want to make any comments. The meeting was held at DeBoer's request, her legal right after the contract was not renewed. She also had the right to ask that the meeting be closed. "She had the right to express her opinion," said Board Chairman Nathan Streed.
WILLMAR -- The idea of collaborating with a local baseball team came as a surprise to members of the Governor's Early Learning Council Tuesday. Same thing with parenting classes in a jail or locally produced children's TV shows. The council was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to ensure that all children are school-ready by 2020.