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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton The newly-named “Eddie Pirrotta Bridge” spans a creek bed near the No. 9 Pines green at the Little Crow Country Club.

Willmar notebook: The golfing life


Dan Ridler, Sr., has had quite a ride.

Golf has been a big part of it.

He played in 47 straight Lakeland Tournaments. The 83rd, in June, he sat out.

“I got through 13 holes just the other day. That was enough,” he told me over the phone.

He sounded lively, like always, a voice that is both gruff and warm.

He has colon cancer and there is not much, at this point, that can be done about it. He takes pain pills, which usually help.

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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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