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The Willmar Cardinals boys varsity cross country team leads off a six-mile morning jaunt on a township road from the high school Wednesday morning. From left, Derek Ballandby, Matt Weitzel, Danny Voss, Matt Konieczny, Mowlid Mohammed and Anders Byberg. The boys and girls cross country meets starts Monday at Moorhead. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

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The start of classes is 11 days ahead, but let the games begin.

I have no affection for the Vikings -- they always stomped a team I once favored long ago -- and other than Joe Mauer, the Twins hold little interest. These are the teams who matter -- and these athletes pay to play.


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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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