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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Mike Max and daughter Cassidy, 10, pause prior to Senior Awards Night on Sunday at Willmar High School.

Willmar notebook: A few words from Mike Max

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You can say this about Mike Max: He connects with the audience.

For 40 minutes Sunday evening in the high school theater, he kept athletes, parents, coaches and staff off-balance, like a crafty veteran pitching junk, sinkers and fastballs.

Pacing the stage, he sounded part preacher, advice columnist, football coach in a halftime locker room, commencement speaker, politician and throughout, just one of us. He told jokes (not all new) and spoke of tragedies.

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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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