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From Alaska to Aberdeen, they came


At a junior college, a bit south of Lake Wobegon, you can't be sure who will show up.

Take, for instance, the wrestling team at Ridgewater.

Freshman Ryder Torgeson is from Sitka, Alaska, the son of a commercial fisherman. He himself has drawn a paycheck crewing on the boats since age 11. His dad, Dewey, has fished for a living for 50 years. They fish for halibut and black cod from the Gulf of Alaska to the Bering Sea. Torgeson said 90 percent of the cod is sold in Japan.

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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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