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Morning broke over Green Lake 5:30 a.m. Saturday with an orange glow silhouetting an angler and his boat just off Saulsbury Beach at Spicer. A great bite and stunning spring weather were too much to expect in a single weekend. The fishing start seemed slow up and down Kandiyohi County on Saturday. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Fish 'spooked' in a T-shirt opener

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Little seemed normal for the 2010 walleye opener at the halfway point in May.

A bright sun hovered over calm waters and the mercury nudged 70.

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Sunburn, not hypothermia, was the primary danger to anglers who swarmed to the prairie lakes.

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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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