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An Evening of Stories II

Meet 11 immigrants living in our community and hear about their childhood, family life and what brought them to Willmar at this open house exhibit on Thursday, June 2nd from 3:30 to 6pm at the WEAC! This event is open to the public. Video presentation will be streaming in the WEAC theatre. Willmar Stories Exhibit will be available at the WEAC the month of June in partnership with the Willmar Area Arts Council and Willmar Fests. Cookies and coffee will be served. This is a Goal One: Attracting and Retaining Newcomers initiative.

Meet the Featured Immigrants of the Willmar Stories Exhibit

Learn more about the immigrants from our community that will be featured at this event by clicking on the images below.  

Janne GossmanJanne Gossman Abdullahi OlowAbdullahi Olow Jose Armando LaraJose Armando Lara
Victor RomoVictor Romo Alida RampaartAlida Rampaart Odalis Elliott-BastianOdalis Elliot-Bastian
Rahim MilaniRahim Milani Ian GraueIan Graue Mauricio UrrutiaMauricio Urrutia
Anis ImanAnis Iman   Maria Isabel MeraMaria Isabel Mera


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Alumni, Class of 2016

“I'm proud to volunteer and support the efforts of Vision 2040 because creating a healthy community takes a collabortive effort. No one person or entity can create a community where people want to live and work and play, but working together we can create it. Vision 2040 started with an inclusive effort to bring together people from across our region to articulate their vision of the future of our region's communities. The goals that emerged from that vision offer everyone the opportunity to share in the collaborative work necessary to create a healthy and vibrant region--and that's a good thing for all of us.”

Dr. Douglas Allen, Ridgewater College

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Ken Warner, Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
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