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Willmar Notebook: Touch of home for Gophers coach

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Cheney, Kansas, is a farm town in the wheat fields of southern Kansas. Around 1,700 people live there, not many more than live in Clara City.


It's the hometown of Jerry Kill and he's proud of it. The Gophers new head coach, a boy off the farm, spoke affectionately of growing up there in the 1970s.

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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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