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A ticket booth of rock-faced block constructed by Riggs Bros. of Kandiyohi was going up at the entrance of Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar on Tuesday. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Ballpark dresses up for a new beginning

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WILLMAR -- Like prepping a princess for the ball, scores of workers fussed over Bill Taunton Stadium at Baker Field on Tuesday.

Raking, planting, painting and some construction went on at a furious pace in preparation for the Willmar Stingers opener at 7:05 p.m. Thursday against the St. Cloud River Bats.


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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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