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Swimmer gets a weight off his heart

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Brace yourself. That's what Robert Brau had to do.

Like many teenagers he did the teeth with wires thing.

He's also doing the steel bar through the rib cage.

Brau is a senior swimmer with five letters who just completed his final season with the Cardinals by swimming at the state meet in the consolation heat of the 400-freestyle relay.

This was 10 months after surgery to insert a thin bar to separate his heart from his sternum.

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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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