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Ridgewater 2 TD comeback gets first win in home opener at Willmar, Minn

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WILLMAR, Minn -- Elijah Swen's line-drive field goal from 32 yards completed a Ridgewater College comeback giving the Warriors a win in their home-town debut on a sunny and comfortable Saturday afternoon at Hodapp Field.


The Warriors trailed defending MCAC Northern Division champion Mesabi Range of Virginia 14-0 after one quarter but tightened up the defense to win 17-14.

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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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