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Jake Essler, left, of New London-Spicer is forced out of bounds by Alex Peterson of Kasson-Mantorville after a short gain in the fourth quarter Saturday at the Metrodome in a Class AAA semifinal game. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

NLS advances to title game

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The New London-Spicer football team is right where they planned all along -- in the state championship game.

"We've been dreaming about this since seventh grade when a bunch of us would come down here to watch the games in the Dome," said senior running back Jake Essler.


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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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