Willmar Woman in D.C. for Inauguration 21 Jan 13

A Willmar woman arrived on the National Mall in Washington D.C. at 7 a.m. Eastern Time to attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama at noon today.

KWLM reports Heather McCarthy attended Obama’s 1st inauguration 4 years ago and is excited to be back.

McCarthy is helping chaperone a group of 25-to-30 high school students from around the country who are participating in the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, a program McCarthy participated in when she was in high school. She says the group gets a special behind the scenes look at the workings in Washington.

She says many in her group are from the south and California and were shivering in the 34 degree temperatures in D.C. this morning, but one of her students was from Minnesota and wore his long underwear and said he felt perfectly comfortable.