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Under first-year coach Terrin Post, the Willmar Cardinals volleyball team launched the 2009 season at practice Monday morning in the senior high gymnasium. The varsity opens Sept. 1, at home, against Minnetonka. Senior hitter Alex Lippert gets off to a bumpy start on the first-day of practice. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

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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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