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Part of the field of 250 runners stride out in the first mile of the Green Lake Road Race Sunday, including Heather Baker (178) of Minneapolis, Kristen Woelfel (128) of Belgrade and Ernst Van Gulijk (120) of New London. Tribune photos by Rand Middleton

Novice Green Lake runners win men's, women's titles

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SPICER -- Newcomers prevailed Sunday morning at the 34th annual Green Lake foot race.

Wade Cruser finished the 12-mile circuit of the 5,400-acre residential lake in a winning time of 1:14.57. Cruser, a Sauk Rapids native who now lives in Sartell, played football and wrestled at Ridgewater College in Willmar before graduating in 2007.


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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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