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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton At last, outdoor and sunshine: Willmar assistant baseball coach Tom DeBoer issues addresses the varsity during fielding drills on Tuesday on the playing field behind the stadium at Kennedy Elementary. The Cardinals open the season against their Central Lakes Conference foe Alexandria 5 p.m. today at Baker Field.

Willmar notebook: Spring sports arrive on time

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Not bad — tennis, ballgames and soon golf — 10 days into April. A year ago, it was the last of the month before there was sustained traction for outdoor activities.


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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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