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Lynn Shuldes, a Kandiyohi County dispatcher, answers calls and contacts officers in the field Friday afternoon from her computer desk in the dispatch center at the Kandiyohi County Law Enforcement Center in Willmar. Shuldes and other Kandiyohi County dispatchers soon will be handling emergency calls for Big Stone County on a contract basis. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Kandiyohi County to dispatch 911 calls for Big Stone County

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WILLMAR -- When there's a fire, accident or medical need for an ambulance, the dispatchers in the Kandiyohi County law enforcement center in Willmar are the calm voice on the other end of the 911 call that sends help to where it's needed.

Sitting in the spacious dispatch center that has a hushed atmosphere and dimmed lights -- except for the glow of a bank of computer monitors -- the team of dispatchers work 24/7 to answer the calls of Kandiyohi County residents.

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