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Elsie was city's all-time youth coach


It might be said of Ellsworth "Elsie" Klemmetson, though childless, he raised a thousand sons.

The bachelor's association with sports in Willmar began in 1955 and didn't end until Sunday at 1 a.m., when he died at age of 79. On Friday, he had looked forward to attending the college volleyball match on Saturday. But overnight, he was overcome by an infection.

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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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