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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar assistant coach P.J. McIntee has lead on the “fire hose” to wet the Baker Field infield prior to Friday’s game at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Willmar notebook: Stingers’ coach McIntee ‘home’ for the summer


When it came time to place new Willmar Stingers assistant coach P.J. McIntee with a host family, there was no question — he’d be staying on Augusta Avenue.

At grandpa and grandmas.

For him, this has been the perfect combination of baseball and down-home hospitality.

“Growing up, Willmar was like a second home,” P.J. told me by phone while in the Twin Cities on Tuesday during the Northwoods League all-star break.

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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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