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A helicopter from Newberg Sky Spray of Hector hovers over Hodapp Field in Willmar Wednesday afternoon helping dry out wet field conditions. The Willmar School District hired the helicopter to dry out the field and improve field conditions, instead of moving the game to a neutral site in Morris. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Willmar uses helicopter to dry out rain-drenched Hodapp Field (with video)

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WILLMAR — The Willmar School District hired a helicopter Wednesday in an effort to reduce the ground moisture on Hodapp Field in order to improve field conditions before the regular-season finale game tonight.


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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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