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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar's No. 1 Xiaodan Yu was born in China, started school in Oklahoma and Kansas, attended high school in Oregon and moved to Willmar with her family a year ago.

Willmar Notebook: Yu gets back on the court

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First, that name.

How do you pronounce Xiaodan Yu, the senior who plays No. 1 singles for the Cardinals?

I asked her. I believe this is close: try Shaow-DAN You.

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She's 17-years old. She was born in Hangzhou, China, a large city on the East China Sea not far from Shanghai.

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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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