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Jim Meder of New London removes a mink from a trap along Lake Monogalia north of New London on Wednesday while the temperature again headed toward the 60s. "This is great," he said. "Usually you've been busting thin ice for a week by now." He traps muskrat, raccoon and mink. He said the "rats" are the most lucrative pound-for-pound, since they skin quickly. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Great trapping weather

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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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