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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton USXC Snowmobile Racing, based in Spicer, sparkled when it came to scheduling, announcing and scoring eight races from this trailer shown on Upper Foot Lake during the Willmar Area Lakes 100.

Willmar notebook: Wild thing: Winnipeg to Willmar race in the works

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The way things are going, Brian Nelson can’t back out.

The idea of a U.S. cross country I-500 snowmobile race from Winnipeg to Willmar in mid-February of 2015 just keeps “gaining traction,” in the words of the 1971 Willmar High School graduate.

The response has been “phenomenal,” said Nelson, owner/manager of the eight-stop USXC circuit that stopped in his hometown for a second straight year last weekend.

Inquiries have come from Europe, even Russia.

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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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