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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Civic Center manager Kevin Madsen examines the safety windows just installed in the new second-floor extension to the viewing area at the south end of the Blue Line Center.

Willmar notebook: U.S. Curling puts Willmar at center ice

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Two years ago, the U.S. Curling Mixed National Championship took place in Midland, Mich. (home of Dow Chemical) and a year ago next week in Portage, Wis., a few miles downriver of the Wisconsin Dells.


This year, if you haven’t heard, the three-day tournament will be held at the Civic Center, home base for the ever popular Sonshine Christian music festival in July.

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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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