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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Jacob Muller, right, on a Yamaha fights to control his bouncing snowmobile through the chicane approaching the start/finish with Alex Hetteen on a Polaris giving chase. Muller placed fifth out of 14 in Semi-Pro Improved and Hetten was sixth out of 18 in Semi-Pro 600.

100 mph Foot race on ice

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WILLMAR — In arctic conditions on a sunny Saturday, hopped-up snowmobiles zipped like rocket sleds around Foot Lake west.

The top classes reached over 100 miles per hour on the generous straightaways at the third stop on the U.S.X-Country Snowmobile Racing circuit.


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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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