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Willmar (Minn.) qualifies 2 for state gymnastics

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MELROSE - Willmar freshman Stephanie Thompson finished first on balance beam (9.575) and junior Cassie Johnson fourth on vault (9.350) at the Section 6A meet on Saturday qualifying them for the Minnesota state gymnastics meet on Feb. 25 in St. Paul.

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Two-time state qualifier Abbey Weiler, senior from Willmar, placed fifth in both vault and floor missing state by one place each time.

Melrose repeated as the team champion with a score of 147.525 and will return to state for the 19th time in the past 21 seasons. Alexandria placed runner-up (141.65) and Willmar third (140.525).

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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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