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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton BNSF engineer Steve Gerdes (WHS '92) and retired conductor Gary "Noodles" Nelson (WHS '65) pause in front of the locomotive Gerdes would soon throttle out of the Willmar yard to Howard Tuesday evening pulling the BNSF Employee Special.

Willmar notebook: Reporter gets respite on rails

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Dear Boss: After frying my high forehead in the blazing sun chasing athletes at the state track meet, you generously ordered me to take a few days off and "think only about trains" since I had a chance to board at the Willmar station. One problem, the sports reporter still had to fill the empty screen under the Willmar Notebook header. There must be an angle here, somewhere? ...


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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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