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Willmar notebook: Willmar XC girls something special

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The Willmar girls cross country program began in 1978-79 under Jeff Peterson. Eighth-grader Michelle Stone was MVP in the fall debut and each of the next four years, too. The last two years she was coached by her father, Gayne Stone, who would be head coach of the Cardinal team to reach the XC state meet in 1990 (the boys busted through the next year).


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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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