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In this March 16, 2013 file photo, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R- Minn., speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md. Bachmann said Wednesday, May 29, 2013, that she will not run for re-election in 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, file)

Rep. Bachmann says she won't run for re-election

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, a conservative firebrand and a favorite of tea party Republicans, said Wednesday she will not run for another term in the U.S. House.
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Associated Press Milwaukee starting pitcher Alfredo Figaro tags out Minnesota’s Brian Dozier during the fifth inning Tuesday in Milwaukee.

Twins beat Brewers in 14th

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pinch-hitter Eduardo Escobar hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the 14th inning, lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 6-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on ...
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Willmar notebook: Eagle Creek hosts 3AA golf

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Eagle Creek in Willmar is again the site of the Section 3AA boys and girls golf tournaments starting 9 a.m. on Thursday. Archive Material - Subscription required to continue reading ...
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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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Boys tennis roundup: Hansen, Maroney qualify for state

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REDWOOD FALLS — Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd’s Jess Hansen defeated Montevideo’s Ryan Maroney for the Section 3A singles championship, and both players qualified for the Minnesota State Tennis Tournam Archive ...
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Prep baseball roundup: Paynesville edges Albany in 6A-West quarterfinals

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AVON — Paynesville scored its only runs of the game in the fourth inning and pitcher Nathan Meyer made them stand in a 2-1 victory over Albany on Tuesday in ...
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Tribune photo by Tom Larson Lac qui Parle Valley’s Ben Morken delivers a knuckleball against Springfield on Tuesday in Granite Falls. The Eagles won 2-1.

Prep baseball: Morken, Eagles down Springfield

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GRANITE FALLS — Before Tuesday’s game, Lac qui Parle Valley head coach Bart Hill said if he’d be happy to get three innings out of starter Ben Morken, who was ...
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Tom Larson

Tom Larson is the sports editor of the West Central Tribune.

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Records

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This is the records summary for May 29. Property damage WILLMAR — Damage to several vehicles was reported Tuesday morning. Slashed tires were reported in the 400 block of 30th ...
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A fire burns at the site of a CSX freight train derailment, Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in White Marsh, Md., where fire officials say the train crashed into a trash truck, causing an explosion that rattled homes at least a half-mile away and collapsed nearby buildings. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Derailment, blast crumple buildings in Baltimore suburb

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WHITE MARSH, Md. (AP) -- A CSX cargo train crashed into a trash truck and derailed Tuesday in a Baltimore suburb and the explosion that followed rattled homes at least ...
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Wal-Mart pleads guilty for Calif. hazardous waste

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $81 million after pleading guilty to criminal charges the company dumped hazardous waste across California, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday.
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Tax overhaul: Looking to IRS scandal for momentum

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The storm engulfing the Internal Revenue Service could provide a boost for lawmakers who want to simplify U.S. tax laws - a code that is so complicated ...
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