Ridgewater's Karie Blommel, right, tips at the net during the Lady Warriors' 3-1 victory over Dawson Community College (Glendive, Mont.) Saturday in the Ridgewater Volleyball Classic in Willmar. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton
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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.