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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

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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.

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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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