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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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