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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton On a pitch and catch, junior slotback Chris Cunningham cuts upfield as senior cornerback Ben Muller (10) closes during Tuesday preparations for Brainerd.

Willmar Notebook: Cards ready to calm the Blue Wave

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Willmar football engages Brainerd at Hodapp Field on Friday evening. Each fall at this time, a Cardinal fan feels ever hopeful. We're like Charlie Brown pining that this will be the time that there is a valentine in the box from the Little Redheaded Girl.


Realistically, though the Cardinals are darn good this year, the Blue Wave visit yields only disappointment.

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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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