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Photo top: The Junior II Animal Heavy Class feature Saturday was tight at the front with, from left in foreground, Kaleb Johnson (22) of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Dillon Sampson, center, of Jackson and eventual winner Mitch Weiss of Scandia vying for the lead. The IKF Region 3 event at Atwater Karting Speedway on Saturday and Sunday drew about 75 karts from the five-state area. Photo right: Cole Ignaszewski of New Richland relaxes in the staging area while waiting for the Jr. I Animal Heavy feature for 8-11 yea...

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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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