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Kerkhoven third baseman Austen Bowman, right, comes down with the catcher's throw but not in time to prevent Tyler Richards of Hector from stealing third base in the third inning Monday at Kerkhoven in American Legion District 7 baseball play. Kerkhoven rallied in the bottom of the seventh to win, 7-6. 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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