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Rand Middleton Willmar Cardinal senior Alissa Tinklenberg paces a workout Wednesday morning -- eight repetitions of a 100-yard individual medley.

Tinklenberg's state medals mounting

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It's been five years since Alissa Tinklenberg debuted with the Willmar Cardinals swim team. She was just a seventh grader in August, 2004.


No big deal: she would end the season with a third-place medal at the Class A state meet in the 200-freestyle and a fourth-place medal as a member of the Cardinals' 400-freestyle relay.

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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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