WILLMAR, MN - Addie Diederich, 5, goes down the slide at the Village Children’s Museum Jan. 22. The museum, located on Lakeland Drive, is set to open this Monday.
EDEN VALLEY, MN - Helen Grothe would often pray for her husband to stop abusing her. In the 1980's, her and her husband were in a tragic car accident that killed him and left her with a broken leg. Over thirty years later, Grothe channels the pain she physically and emotionally felt from her traumas to share her story with others.
WILLMAR, MN - Kosar and her family members carry suitcases out of their apartment in Willmar to leave for the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport Mar. 4. Eight of Kosar’s siblings and her two parents are flying back to stay in Garissa, a city in Kenya, for several years while she and her sister Ismahan Kosar stay in Willmar. The Kosar’s traveled back to Kenya to allow the children to familiarize themselves with the family’s culture.
WILLMAR, MN - Ben Leal, from left, and Russell Flores, employees of Turbo Turf, stand on cherry pickers as they remove zip ties from Christmas lights to begin dismantling the "Celebrate the Light of the World" display at the Chad and Angie Koosman property in rural Willmar. Crews began working at 8 a.m. Jan. 8.
WILLMAR, MN - Children play with educational toys at the Village Children’s Museum Jan. 22. The new facility offers the region's children a place to play and learn, with a multitude of hands-on exhibits and creative projects.
WILLMAR, MN - A firefighter breaks through a wall to escape a room that simulates the conditions of a fire while training at the previous Auto Mills property on First Street Mar. 1.
SPICER, MN - Workers cut ice Jan. 3 on Green Lake in Spicer. A spinning blade slices through the 16-inch-thick ice in straight lines to create blocks 22 inches wide by 44 inches long. Wee Kut Ice Company is leading the work to cut 4,000 blocks for the St. Paul Winter Carnival ice castle.
WILLMAR, MN - Jeff Pattison, president of West Central Steel, stands outside of West Central Steel’s ninth expansion project at the company’s campus. The new plant will be used for parts production.
WILLMAR, MN - Emily Schlecht, a former Willmar resident who was sexually assaulted in 2015, gives a tearful speech Nov. 19th at a rally held outside the Kandiyohi County Courthouse in Willmar. Schlecht reported the sexual assault to the police a month after the incident occurred and was later informed there was not enough evidence to charge her perpetrator with the crime. She said her case is now being reopened.
WILLMAR, MN - Student Ugbad Abdi, who has been in the Art Club for two years, cuts designs on the bowl she made Nov. 16th at the third annual throw-a-thon at Willmar Senior High School.
NEW LONDON, MN - A couple and their dog look out at the changing fall colors Wednesday from Mount Tom at Sibley State Park.
WILLMAR, MN - Kathryn Gubrud, as Cinderella, awaits the presence of her deceased mother during Willmar Senior High School’s dress rehearsal of Sondheim and Lapine’s “Into the Woods” Nov. 4th.
WILLMAR, MN - Dunia Hirsi embraces her daughter, Maya, at her home in Willmar Dec. 6th. The Hirsis were homeless for about two months, which during that time used the services of Family Promise.
WILLMAR, MN - The dog days of summer are long gone. Both people and animals of west central Minnesota will soon have to put on their winter coats to prepare for the long winter ahead. Lobo, a husky, enjoys some of his last moments of warmer weather while fellow husky Rex watches from behind on 8th Street SW in Willmar.
EDEN VALLEY, MN - Helen Grothe, right, shows her granddaughter, Zoe Grothe, her journal collection. Writing in a journal helps Grothe channel her feelings of pain and suffering from traumas expereinced in her life.
ITHACA, NY - Ithaca College student Saif Malik holds an image of his deceased father that he keeps in his wallet. Malik's father died when he was ten years old. "Everything I do is for him," he said.