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Friends group organizes to promote river use

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A new community group is hoping to encourage the use and protection of the Willow River.

The idea for the "Friends of the Willow River" was kicked around about a year ago among a handful of river lovers.


Mike Kelly, chairman of the Friends group, and member Mike Reiter were two of the key figures in the groups beginnings.

"Now that we're both retired," Kelly said, "we have some time to put into this stuff."

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Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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