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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Kevin Madsen photographed in the Civic Center lobby, a project that connected the Cardinal Arena and Blue Line Center in 2007.

Willmar notebook: A handyman with a ready smile

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Kevin Madsen went to college for graphic arts, worked construction building houses and garages and all the while had a gift for treating people like long-time friends.


Part artist, part handyman, part “politician” — in the best sense of the word — and you have the right fit to manage a citizens’ building with a pair of ice sheets.

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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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