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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Snowless in December – Poised for yet another training session on in-line skates Wednesday are returning letterwinners Jack Erickson, from left, Erika Aaker, Ryan Haines, Alec Janning and Kaitlyn Swanson — all are juniors except Erickson, a freshman.

Willmar notebook: Let the winter games begin

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The door swings wide open today at Willmar High School as four sports launch a new campaign.

Rollin’ into winter

Pity the Nordic team; they are a swim team whose pool is drained, a basketball team without a backboard, a wrestling team on a hardwood floor.

You may see the Cardinals in-line skating Civic Center Drive. This hardy lot has been dryland training for nearly a month now with barely a hint of snow.

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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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