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The Benson High School Marching Band is in rhythm headed north on Sixth Street Southwest early in the Willmar Fests Grande Day Parade Saturday morning. The mercury was heading toward 80 in bright sunshine, a contrast to a week early when the band marched in a downpour at their own Pioneerland Band Festival.

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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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