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Dan Tollefson, front, and Jim Anderson are eager to launch a new hockey program for the younger generation at the Civic Center arena in Willmar. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Hockey reaches out to youth to renew the base


im Anderson had just started coaching and Dan Tollefson was a kid lacing up skates for the first time.

Thirty-five years later, both are still on ice and full of passion for the game.

Back in 1975, the coaches mostly were "Brown Booters" -- dads who were non-skaters. Unlike "up north," the railroad town had little hockey tradition to draw on.

Hockey was an outdoor sport then, at Garfield and Lincoln parks. Indoor hockey came along in January, 1980.

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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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