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Willmar Notebook: The trials of tourney time

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Just 41 years ago in the 100-year history of Minnesota state tournament basketball, the Willmar Cardinals finished the regular season 18-0 and headed into a new playoff format that separated big from little.


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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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