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PHOTOS: Tensions run high at Spider-Man escape room

Following two-year hiatus, Spider-Man escape room comes to Willmar Public Library for a family-friendly Saturday adventure.

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Veda Akir Matta watches in agony as mother Amulya Sabbisetti attempts a combination to open a lock box while taking part in a Spider-Man escape room activity at the Willmar Public Library on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.
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WILLMAR — It's been a long wait for the 11 families who signed up to take part in Saturday's Spider-Man escape room over at the Willmar Public Library, considering it was initially slated for March 2020.

You probably remember what kicked off that month, but, if you've been living under a rock for awhile, that was when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down not only the United States, but most of the modern world.

Because of this, the escape room was shuttered for years until it finally made it to the library this past weekend. According to Samantha Lilienthal, who serves the library as the teen programming librarian, the library typically holds an escape room once a year, so bringing it back after such a long break was a much-anticipated event.

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Veda Akir Matta, from left, father Kiran Matta, mother Amulya Sabbisetti and Mani Vidhur Matta attempt to solve a clue together during a Spider-Man escape room activity at the Willmar Public Library on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.
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Kiran Matta and Amulya Sabbisettia try to decipher a code to open a lock while participating in a Spider-Man escape room activity at the Willmar Public Library on Saturday, August 27, 2022.
Kiran Matta and Amulya Sabbisettia try to decipher a code to open a lock while participating in a Spider-Man escape room activity at the Willmar Public Library on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.
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A copy of the Daily Bugle publication sits as on a desk as a potential hiding spot for a clue during a Spider-Man escape room activity at the Willmar Public Library on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.
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Willmar Public Library teen programming librarian Samantha Lilienthal explains the rules for a Spider-Man escape room activity at the Willmar Public Library on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.
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A fake spider sits in a cage as a prop at a Spider-Man escape room activity at the Willmar Public Library on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.
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Macy Moore is an award-winning photojournalist at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota.
She can be reached via email: mmoore@wctrib.com or phone: 320.214.4338.
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