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Brainerd Warriors running back Carsten Nelson is wrapped up after a short gain by Willmar Cardinal defenders, from left, Grant Schow (7), Derrick Loiselle, Adam Fagerstrom (84) and Cole Christopher (65) at Hodapp Field in Willmar on Friday. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Brainerd drills Willmar

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WILLMAR -- Leave it to Brainerd to bring Willmar back to earth.

Despite a promising 2-0 start, the Cardinals were overmatched against the Warriors once again, absorbing a 35-13 whacking in a Central Lakes Conference tilt before about 1,900 fans on a mild Friday night at Hodapp.


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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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