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Law enforcement incident near Kennedy Elementary School in southwest Willmar causes brief lockdown

A law enforcement incident in the parking lot of Willmar's Kennedy Elementary School, not related to the school, caused school officials to keep staff and students inside the building for a short while

Erica Dischino / Tribune The exterior of Kennedy Elementary School in a September 2018 photo.
The exterior of Kennedy Elementary School is shown in a September 2018 file photo.
Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune file photo
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WILLMAR — Kennedy Elementary School went into a brief lockdown Monday afternoon after a law enforcement incident in its parking lot in southwest Willmar.

The parking lot incident was not related to the school, according to a statement from Willmar Schools Superintendent Jeff Holm.

After the Willmar Police Department contacted the school about the incident in its parking lot, students and staff remained indoors with the doors locked until the situation was resolved about 3:12 p.m. Monday. The school’s normal release time is 3:20 p.m.

There were no threats to students or staff at Kennedy, Holm said.

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