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Changes at Hodapp not new


With a new coach (Jon Konold) bringing to town a passing offense, there's more buzz than usual for the home opener on Friday at Hodapp Field.

But some 30 years ago, the shifts in Cardinal football were like rumble strips on Willmar Avenue. There was a shake-up.

In a 12-month stretch from fall 1977 to fall '78, Willmar helped start a new conference, got a new coach and moved to a stadium for the first time.

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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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