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Willmar grad coached Wild's No. 1 draft pick

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Nick Leddy, the first pick of the Minnesota Wild in the National Hockey League entry-level draft, might have skipped his last year two years of high school to play at the high-end development camp in Ann Arbor.

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Instead, he stayed with his high school team and helped head coach Lee Smith and Eden Prairie win the school's first state title in boys hockey.

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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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