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A helicopter flies back and forth over Hodapp Field Wednesday afternoon in an effort to speed up the drying of the grass in time for Wednesday night’s football game. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Blow dried: School district hires helo to dry Hodapp Field for season finale football game (with video)


WILLMAR — The Willmar School District hired a helicopter Wednesday in an effort to reduce the ground moisture on Hodapp Field in order to improve field conditions before the regular-season finale game Wednesday night.


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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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