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Tribune file photos by Rand Middleton Met Stadium on Dec. 20, 1981, the stadium’s finale with the Minnesota Vikings playing the Kansas City Chiefs. Quite a few fans would leave with a piece of the 25-year-old home to the Twins and Vikings, perhaps a folding seat, letters from the scoreboard or a chunk of sod.

Willmar notebook: The teams that came in from the cold

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The last football game at 25-year-old Met Stadium was played on Dec. 20, 1981. It was cold — 20 degrees with a 4-degree wind chill — and overcast. The Minnesota Vikings’ 10-6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs was just as dreary.


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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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