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Jakson Martens, 13, from left, Alisha Engelberkt, 13, and Tyson Hanson, 13, build passive solar panels Tuesday at New London-Spicer High School. The panels will be installed at New London's Little Theatre. John Duevel, not pictured, is the owner of Three Seasons and More in Willmar and is leading the students in their effort. Duevel also built solar panels at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center in rural Spicer. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Youth in New London construct solar panels for community's storied theater

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With materials measured and cut, and power tools in hand, members of the New London-Spicer Youth Energy Summit began building solar panels Tuesday at NLS Middle School.

The panels will help heat the Little Theatre in New London, part of a continuing effort by summit members to make the building increasingly energy efficient. In recent years, summit members, eighth-grade students at NLS, have also installed "green" insulation and compact fluorescent lighting at the theater.

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