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Joyce Van Heuveln, son Kevin and grandson Klinton each won their respective age group on Saturday at the Pillsbury Push in Kerkhoven. Joyce, 74, did the 5k, while Kevin, 51, and Klinton, 20, each ran the 10k course. Joyce was one of only two women 50-or-over in the 5k. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton.

Running: Great grandma sets pace

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KERKHOVEN — Joyce Van Heuveln is 74 years old and a regular in recent years on the area 5k circuit.”

“I don’t run for the awards,” she makes clear during an interview following the Pillsbury Push on a cool, sunny Saturday morning at Town and Country Days.


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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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