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(Tribune photo by Rand Middleton) Jordan Smith is harnessed on the incline treadmill controlled by ACCEL program director Jeff Kennedy to increase stride frequency.

Willmar native Jordan Smith amps up training for 3rd pro season

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“There ain’t much to being a ballplayer, if you’re a ballplayer.” — Honus Wagner, 8-time National League batting champ.


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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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