Weather Forecast

Submitted photo Steve Lueders and Paul Cool in New York City.

Willmar notebook: On the streets of NYC in a tempest


Hurricane Sandy barged into the east coast Oct. 29 on a collision course with the New York Marathon.

The forces unleashed by the monster waves and wind were felt all the way to Kandiyohi.

Steve Lueders, the owner of an independent insurance agency, was packed for New York. It would be his 15th marathon and this was the jewel.

The superstorm dealt Manhattan and the boroughs a body blow. Runners around the world waited for word. Was the event still on?

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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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