News anchor Camille Williams to lead as grand marshal

By Kristen Miller

This year marks the 20th annual Plymouth on Parade and leading as grand marshal will be KARE 11 Weekend news anchor and Plymouth resident Camille Williams.

Williams can be seen alongside her husband and Perham native Cory Hepola, as they co-anchor the weekend news at 5, 6, and 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

The couple moved to Plymouth in April 2015 from Texas, after Hepola joined the station’s team, where he was joined by his wife six months later.

“It’s funny how God has other plans,” said Williams, who was a new mom pregnant with twins at the time and wasn’t looking to get back into news anchoring. Before they moved to Minnesota, Williams served as a public relations officer at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Texas.

When the opportunity arose, Williams was happy to be back anchoring and reporting the news.

“It feeds my soul to know we’re actually helping people with the stories we share,” Williams said, noting it’s been her goal to share people’s stories and help the audience identify with them on a personal level.

“Any health story I do really hits me,” said Williams, who lost her mother to pancreatic cancer in 2012.

Whether it’s about a medical breakthrough or someone losing a loved one, those are the stories that “strike a chord,” she said.

In February, the couple teamed up for the weekend news.

“It’s going really well,” Williams said, adding that she is asked all the time how she is able to work with her spouse. “I really love it,” she said, describing her husband as a seasoned reporter with a good personality. “He makes me better, in a way,” she said.

That’s not to say they don’t have their disagreements, she said, “but I trust him.”

“We’re always both wanting to have the best show ... I couldn’t ask for a better co-anchor,” Williams said of her husband. Hepola was also invited as grand marshal, however, he has a prior arrangement to emcee at an Alzheimer’s awareness event, something he’s passionate about, having a grandmother with the disease. Joining Williams, instead will be their 2 1/2-year-old son, Cormac.

“There is so much to love about living in Plymouth,” said Williams, who enjoys the quiet suburban living.

She and her family also enjoy the many parks, playgrounds and trails throughout the city.

“We love going to the Hilde for free concerts in the park,” she said.

Williams is excited to be a part of Plymouth on Parade. “I’m definitely honored,” she said.

Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. with activities to follow.

Plymouth on Parade will be Saturday, Sept. 23 starting at 10:30 a.m., an hour earlier than previous years.

It will process from 34th Avenue (by the Post Office) to 37th Avenue (by the Plymouth Ice Center) and include more than 60 units, including performances by the St. Paul Bouncing Team, Vikings Skol Drum Line, Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band and many others.

After the parade, there will be a variety of family activities from 12-2 p.m. at the Hilde Performance Center, including face painting, inflatables, a family game area and music by the Plymouth Concert Band.

Food trucks, including My Burger Operations, Broadway Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery and Crepe and Cake, will provide concessions.

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