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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Ridgewater College “geography majors,” from left, linebacker Luke Blanch, Plain City, Utah; kicker Modesto Cruz, Gainesville, Ga.; and strong safety Adihia Bell, Milwaukee.

Willmar notebook: Taking the road to Ridgewater


Luke Blanch and his dad left Plain City, Utah, outside Salt Lake, dialed in the GPS and headed for Kandiyohi County. The trip took 22 hours.

“We stopped at Mount Rushmore,” Luke told me Tuesday at practice. “I’d never been there.”

This is a new beginning for Blanch, a starting inside linebacker for the Warriors. He attended Weber State, in Utah, after graduation, but didn’t play football while allowing a hip injury to mend.

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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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