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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton The Willmar Cardinal swimming and diving team hits the high school weight room three days a week before school once classes begin. Senior Erika Aaker is in the foreground at Friday’s one-hour workout. Ed Oehlers, co-head wrestling coach, is the new weight room supervisor.

Willmar notebook: Clock starts for Cardinal sports

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This reporter asked the fall Cardinal varsity coaches to provide an early outlook for the approaching season.

Cross country, Coach Jerry Popp: Numbers are in the 70s and expected to grow as kids finish up with vacation, work and begin school. There are a number of kids who don’t have transportation to the high school, so they must wait until school starts.

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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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