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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Mini-Mites and Mite youngsters practice Tuesday at the Cardinal Arena in Willmar. The goalie is Chase Birchard, 8, the son of Amy Birchard, who was goalie on the Willmar Cardinals boys teams 1992-95.

Willmar notebook: Youth hockey eyes growth spurt

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Numbers are growing in the youth hockey ranks, especially down low.

Here are the figures Matt Dawson passed along this week: 78 on the Willmar Hockey Association traveling teams, 63 in Mites and 20 kids joining the in-house recreation program for fourth and fifth graders.

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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. 

(320) 214-4334
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