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I don’t know much about curling but I’ve come to admire the competitors and this game they play.

The USA Curling Mixed National Championship has provided the chance to see the upper-class athletes in the uncommon sport.


The ancient Scottish game has been called “chess on ice.” There are also elements of billiards, bowling and a bit of skating, though in street shoes.

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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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