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Photo by Kelly Baeth A happy start to Patriot’s Day and the Boston Marathon: Brooke Baeth of Spicer has a thumb up 8 miles after leaving Hopkinton.

Willmar notebook: From joy to sorrow in Boston


It was the best of times and the worst of times.

Patriot’s Day, a Boston holiday, flipped upside down 10 minutes before three o’clock on Monday afternoon.

Slightly fewer than 500 Minnesotans had signed up for the 117th Boston Marathon. Over 28, 500 entrants set off in one of three waves from 10-10:40 a.m. from the country southwest of the city 26.2 miles from the finish on Boylston Street.

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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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