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(Tribune photo by Rand Middleton) Former Willmar Cardinal standout football lineman Scott Wierschem posed on Thursday in the back yard of his home between Spicer and New London.

Ex-football star Wierschem dealing with disability

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Scott Wierschem is a proud man. He sits straight and tall. There is defiance, yet sadness in his eyes.

When he walks, he uses a cane. His speech is halting. One needs to listen closely.


Scott's body began to go haywire while in his mid-40s. The muscles that allowed him to be a football standout were deserting him.

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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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