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Today, following a host of accidents and struggles with drug addiction, Beardsley shares his stories with people who are facing many of the same problems.

Marathon great Beardsley spreads word on survival

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Dick Beardsley has had quite a life -- dairy farmer, world-class marathoner, pill addict, broken and bloodied accident victim (multiple times) and now a family man living in Austin, Texas.

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But what could this 55-year-old Minneota native possibly have to tell us?

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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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