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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton At photo day Tuesday, Dustin and Emily Carlson stand ready to pose with the team. Dustin is head coach and Emily is the sophomore team coach. Both are 2004 Willmar graduates.

Willmar notebook: Hutch first challenge for new coach

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Dustin Carlson and the 2012-13 Cardinal girls basketball team debuts Saturday evening at Willmar High School.

Nothing like jumping right into the fire.


The guests are the Tigers from Hutchinson, who last year finished 26-5, losing to Fergus Falls in the Class AAA third-place game at the state tourney.

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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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