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Brainerd scraped by a rebuilding St. Cloud Tech team in the opener, but then lost to a young Bemidji squad 15-13 in Week 2. Those results give Willmar hope that it can play with the mighty Blue Wave come Friday night.


Since 1999, Willmar has gone 1-7 against the Warriors losing by a 32-point gap, on average, while winning 14-6 in 2000.

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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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