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Ridgewater gets outdoors early


The Ridgewater College baseball team opened its outdoor Minnesota season on Monday at Dick Putz Field against the St. Cloud State junior varsity.

The March 22 debut outdoors in Central Minnesota is likely the earliest ever for the Warriors. The Willmar fields are still drying. Ridgewater head coach Joel Barta and a member of the park and rec department checked out Swansson Orange and Baker Fields on Tuesday.

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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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