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Zach Courtney, 9, of Willmar sends the ball to the outfield at Gesch Park in southeast Willmar on Wednesday as Michael Hahn, 8, waits on deck during a Grade 2 baseball practice. After three weeks of supervised practice, Grades 1 and 2 baseball and softball leagues start three weeks of games on Monday. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

End of 'spring' training

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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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