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A pair of long BNSF freights of tankers and hoppers at rest like hibernating snakes Monday morning in the Willmar railyard. Weather.gov reported the temperature in Willmar early Monday at 15 below and a minus 39 wind chill. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Cold rail yard on a Monday morning

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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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