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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Bruce Maynard, 79, pushes his cart, named “Sam,” on U.S. Highway 12 on the west edge of Willmar on the way to Benson at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. He began the cross-country journey at Columbus, N.C, on April 1.

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The man pushing the carriage down the highway, wisely wearing a reflective vest and smartly walking against the traffic, stirred my curiosity. I circled back.


He was headed west on U.S. Highway 12. An attached American flag indicated he was walking into the wind.

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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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