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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Current New London-Spicer players Brandon Knisley (far left), Avery Knisley (center) and Ben Beuning (second from right) stand with their fathers John Knisley (second from left) and Paul Beuning (far right), who played for Belgrade’s 1982 Class C runner-up team.

Willmar notebook: Prep Bowl a tie that binds


Like most Novembers, the short days of 1982 were gray, sub-freezing and forbidding.

The undefeated Belgrade Redmen finished the regular season undefeated then won consecutive Class C playoff gam


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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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