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Willmar notebook: Snow brings icy thoughts of Freon


One of the last things Kevin Madsen would like to see accomplished in his last month as Civic Center manager is an engineering study.

Willmar, like almost every other community in the state with an ice arena, must kick the Freon habit by the end of the decade.

The Montreal Protocol and the Clean Air Act has mandated the end of a certain refrigerant that deplete the ozone layer.

What is not clear, Madsen said, is a reasonable replacement for R22.

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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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