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Helping to bring in one third of the flag are Melanie Stier, her husband Matt; Pat Stier and his girlfriend Allie Wadsworth; Mark Stier and son Dean. Submitted photo.

Willmar Notebook: Stiers have special All-Star moments

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The Major League All-Star game comes to these parts seldom, so it’s best to step up to the plate if you’re penciled into the line-up.


Mark Stier, middle-school math teacher and recently retired varsity baseball coach, did just that. He and Stier family members were a small part of a dazzling pre-game ceremony on July 14 at Target Field.

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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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