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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Ed Newberg of Hector hovers his 2005 Robinson Raven I over the Hodapp Field 50-yard line on Wednesday afternoon. The emergency measure sucked the moisture from the rain-soaked grid allowing players to gain traction for that night’s game.

Willmar notebook: Schools making switch to turf

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Small colleges did it, some high schools did it, towns big and small do it, Alexandria is doing it, maybe Brainerd, too, and Hutchinson is on the way.


Turf fields may not be cheap but they continue to catch on. At least 30 Minnesota high schools have synthetic turf, most recently Sauk Centre and Rockford, both Class AA-sized programs.

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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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