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As a junior defensive lineman in 1955, a smiling Jack Hickey wore No. 92.

Willmar notebook: Hickey: ‘The farm’s for sale’

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Who knew that one’s looming demise could touch off chuckles.

Jack Hickey sat at his kitchen table on Monday morning with a visitor to talk about football, cancer, hospice care, on being a boy in Willmar at mid-century, when the stores were open only on Monday night, and every vacant lot and playfield had a game going on, and knowing when the time is coming “to leave your pajamas on.”

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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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