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Charlie Nelson, at the June 26 KRA Speedway races, addressing scalemaster Keith Geer, left. When Charlie talked, he deployed his eyes, voice and animated index finger to get your attention. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

The late Charlie Nelson to be honored Thursday

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WILLMAR — Charlie Nelson, who was found dead on Saturday in his home that is only  blocks from the stock car track, will be honored before Thursday night’s racing program at the KRA Speedway.


If anyone is deserving of the laurel “Mr. Racing” in his hometown, Nelson gets the checkered, most will agree.

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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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