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Local woman Mary Waters, center, attended special training Oct. 25 and 26 at the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota to learn more about transporting children with special needs. With her stand course instructors Tammy Franks and Jim Savage, as well as two child mannequins each wearing a leg cast. Submitted photo

The transporter: Her training focuses on special-needs kids


Most people know the school-bus routine well: The big yellow vehicle stops, kids bound up the stairs and find a seat, then it's off to the next stop within seconds.

Mary Waters drives some of River Falls' physically and mentally challenged students to and from school. She attended training Oct. 25 and 26 to gain more expertise about transporting them.

She said, "It's one of the best classes I've ever been to."

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