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Dean E. Peterson, from left, Debra Shriver and the Rev. Paul McCullough stand at the front entrance of the Divine House headquarters, located in the old Willmar Theater building in downtown Willmar. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

Kind of nostalgic: Glenwood man begins improvement to downtown Willmar landmark

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WILLMAR -- Dean Peterson of Glenwood grew up in Kerkhoven but hung out as a kid on Fourth Street in downtown Willmar.

"If you wanted to be where the action was, you went to Fourth Street,'' recalls Peterson, 55. "That was before the Kandi Mall was built. It was a happening place. All the main businesses were right there.''

One of those businesses was the Willmar Theater, a grand place to watch movies, as many locals will testify.

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