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Willmar's Taylor Filipek drives for two closely guarded by Hastings' Shane Monjeau in the first half at Willmar on Friday in the season opener. Tribune photos by Rand Middleton

Willmar tops Hastings in season debut

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WILLMAR -- Talk about a new model year.

Coach Steve Grove rolled out the 2009-10 edition of the Willmar Cardinals and you would hardly recognize it.


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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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