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Willmar notebook: Second-generation ice manager

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The new manager at the Civic Center’s twin arenas is a former three-sport athlete at The Breck School in Golden Valley. Troy Ciernia’s dad, Mark, worked at the Mustangs’ arena. He still works there, as assistant manager.

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“I think he started there while he was still in school,” Troy said the other day. “He’s worked there about 40 years. I guess that’s where I got the bug.”

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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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