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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Sauk Centre’s O’Gara Field on Friday, early in warm-ups of the Section 4A championship game between Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity.

Willmar notebook: A field blooms in ‘Gopher Prairie’

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Sinclair Lewis, who graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 1902, makes clear in the introduction to his 1920 bestseller that Gopher Prairie is “the continuation of Main Streets everywhere,’’ though his hometown, naturally, took the biting satire of its social pettiness and cultural shortcomings most to heart.


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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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