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College football: Warriors beat Northland, improve to 3-0

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WILLMAR — The Ridgewater football team faced its first stern challenge of the young season on Saturday afternoon and came up big.

The Warriors defense held the Northland Pioneers’ 11 to a passing touchdown and a kickoff return for another score.


The offense did just enough in the game-long rain to catapult the Warriors to 3-0 with a 19-14 win.

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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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