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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Brainerd head coach Ron Stolski, left, Minnesota’s winningest football coach, greets assistant coach Jeff Ramey, a 1982 Willmar graduate, prior to the Class AAAAA kickoff at the 179th and final Prep Bowl championship game in the doomed Metrodome. Jeff’s father Deryl, the Cardinals’ head coach from 1978-1996, was upstairs above the press box helping make calls.

Willmar notebook: Early demise for a dependable Dome

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Standing on the floor of the Metrodome on Saturday afternoon, all looked well with the Big Top early in its fourth decade.

The new roof was a bright white with clear panels allowing daylight to pour through. Photographers are quick to notice the difference, especially from 32 years ago when Minnesota professional sports moved indoors.


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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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