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The left front wheel on Curt Lund's Modified No. 87 is pointing south like a broken fang due to a separated tie rod entering Turn 4 at the KRA Speedway Thursday with Eric Martini in No. 24. The Redwood Falls driver still managed to finish the heat in fourth place. 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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