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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar High School track and field began its sixth week of “indoor track” on Monday with coach Jerry Popp telling some 125 boys and girls that this is the first time in 38 seasons as a head coach that he hasn’t had an outdoor meet by April 15. He asked the young athletes to “stay patient and keep working”

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Comments one activities director, “This is a mess.”

And another: “Ridiculous.”

It’s the winter that won’t bow out.


Athletic directors from the West Central Conference — both North and South Divisions — will meet on Wednesday. Conference secretary Rick Fischer of Sauk Centre said they may well take a long look at re-working the spring schedule.

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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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