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Tex and Janet Warne were married on Dec. 27, 1958. Janet was in her senior year at Willmar High School and Tex, a soldier, was home on leave. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton.

Willmar Notebook: Wrench: A love story

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Tex Warne is a born mechanic. He grew up on a farm near New London. At age 12, he installed a clutch in the family car. In 10th grade, he dropped out of school. Jobs were scare and the army loomed either as a draft choice or as an enlistee.

 He signed up in 1958 and was shipped off to Ft. Carson, Colorado. At Christmas, home on leave, he married his sweetheart, Janet Rutjes from Spicer.

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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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