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Tribune file photo by Rand Middleton Willmar Cardinals senior diver Bennet Woltjer, competing vs. St. Cloud Apollo on Jan. 5, seeks a return visit to state where he placed sixth in 2011.

Willmar notebook: Bid for state in Willmar waters


Swimmers and divers from 15 schools -- make that 19 counting four pairings -- hit the 8-lane pool at the high school and the adjoining diving well for the Section 3A meet Friday at 5 p.m. with Saturday's swim/dive finals at 3 p.m.

It's a strong flotilla with Fergus Falls, Hutchinson, Bemidji and Alexandria in the mix. The Otters (appropriate nickname) won the Class A state meet in 2011. Hutch and Bemidji were top 12.

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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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