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Litchfield eighth-grader Melissa Warren qualified for the state meet in three events, including here in the individual medley. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Willmar advances Tinklenberg, relay

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WILLMAR -- There was no telling who was more joyful on Saturday at the end of the Section 3A swimming and diving meet, Willmar senior Anna Fuglestad, who had punched her first ticket to the state meet, or classmate Alissa Tinklenberg, has been going every year since seventh grade.


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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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