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Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg shortstop Bailey Carlson looks to first after going deep in the hole to come up with a hard-hit ground ball in the fifth inning. Her throw was not in time to get Wheaton's Lisa Pool in a Section 3A softball game Tuesday at Montevideo, but KMS won the playoff opener, 5-2. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

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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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