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Willmar sophomore Michael Heitzman returns a Buffalo kickoff 60 yards in the first quarter Friday in Willmar. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton.

Prep Football: Cardinals bolt past Buffalo


WILLMAR -- When auditions were held to fill the void at running back, a compact sophomore made an early impact on the practice field.

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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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