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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Bud and Joan Groen moved off the farm 27 years ago to Big Kandiyohi Lake to manage County Park No. 1, shown in a circa 1967 aerial photo.

Willmar notebook: Gopher coaches coming

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The public will be able to visit and take pictures with their favorite Minnesota Gopher coaches Tuesday at the Willmar American Legion. Expected among the 10 to 12 mentors are men’s hockey coach Don Lucia, wrestling coach J Robinson, football coach Jerry Kill and new women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings, with remarks by athletic director Norwood Teague.


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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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