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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WILLMAR, Minn -- Elijah Swen's line-drive field goal from 32 yards completed a Ridgewater College comeback giving the Warriors a win in their home-town debut on a sunny and comfortable Saturday afternoon at Hodapp Field. The Warriors trailed defending MCAC Northern Division champion Mesabi Range of Virginia 14-0 after one quarter but tightened up the defense to win 17-14. Both teams are 1-1. Swen's field goal came with 6:52 on the fourth-quarter clock.
The Willmar Curling Club applied in July to host the U.S. Curling Nationals in February, 2013, and also the subsequent U.S. Olympic Trials in advance of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Civic Center manager Kevin Madsen believes word may be coming down soon. The U.S. Curling Association is meeting in the Twin Cities next week. "I would think they'd be discussing it," Madsen said. "Maybe, they will make a decision." He has heard that as many as 10 arena organizations are bidding. Most often, the nationals are held in a metropolitan area, like Denver or Philadelphia. But U.S.
WILLMAR -- After a 2-7 campaign in 2010, the Ridgewater College football program has rebounded with what looks like one of its finest teams in a decade. The roster is nearly 70 strong; there's size, speed, experience, and best of all, the coaches will tell you, "a great attitude and willingness to work to be better football players." So far, it's just a promising reality show in the making. Today the Warriors go live for the first time against someone other than teammates. Kickoff is at 11 a.m. today at St.
Willmar High School is looking for a new head coach for boys varsity tennis with the resignation of Loren Holter, head coach the last six seasons. "It's time to relax in the spring and play more golf," Holter said. His association with Cardinal tennis extends back to 1990. Counting girls and boys tennis, he's put in 21 years and 38 seasons on the high-school courts. His day job the last 30 years is elsewhere. He's site manager at the Kandiyohi Day Activities Center.
By Rand Middleton firstname.lastname@example.org SPICER -- The 8th Green Lake Triathlon reached new heights on Sunday with 525 racers receiving a time. A bump in relays was largely responsible with 47 Sprint and nine Olympic relays on the short or international course. Weather conditions were also ideal adding to Saturday's walk-up registration. The temperature at race time was in the mid-60s. With the new course only in its second season, many age-class and division records were recast. Race Director Dave Baker said the new course seems to have added to the race's increased popularity.
EDEN VALLEY -- Kyle Knott's third hit of the game drove home the game-ending run in the bottom of the 10th to beat Sacred Heart 2-1 in the Region 11C winner's bracket final at Hawks Field on Saturday evening. The Rockets advance to the Class C Tournament starting Friday in Glencoe and Brownton. Jordan Smith threw all 10 innings for the win. He allowed eight hits and walked none.
The county fair has something for everyone and upwards of 1,000 fans of demo derby turned out Thursday night at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds track to watch a metal on rubber version of Survival of the Fittest. In the photo, Cory Deters (2x) of Elrosa was the last car -- a '76 AMC Pacer -- moving in the Compact Class after he exploded the radiator of runner-up Dan Truwe (28) of Marshall, about 10 minutes after this shot was taken. The twenty-year-old Deters, who won $600, said this is his sixth year on the crash circuit.
Dick Beardsley has had quite a life -- dairy farmer, world-class marathoner, pill addict, broken and bloodied accident victim (multiple times) and now a family man living in Austin, Texas. But what could this 55-year-old Minneota native possibly have to tell us? We'll find out. He's now a professional motivational speaker bent on helping those afflicted with chemical dependencies. He'll be in the area for several engagements starting Friday and including the role of honorary race director at the 8th Green Lake Triathlon at 8 a.m.
In Minnesota Amateur Baseball Region 11C action at Eden Valley Saturday, the Bird Island Bullfrogs scaled the Cold Spring Rockies 6-5, the Raymond Rockets got past St. Augusta 4-1 and the Sacred Heart Saints spilled Pearl Lake 5-3. The three Cornbelt League members play again today. Raymond plays Bird Island at approximately 4 p.m. while Sacred Heat plays either Milroy or Kimball in the late game. At Spicer in 15C, the Atwater Chuckers lost to Lake Henry 4-2 and the Lakers of Norway Lake-Sunburg fell 16-3 to Spring Hill.
The Seattle Seahawks added Pro Bowler Zach Miller to their roster on Tuesday giving head coach Pete Carroll a pair of pass-catching tight ends. John Carlson, the Litchfield, Minn., native, has started 29 games for Seattle over the past two seasons. According to blogs on the team's site, Carroll is excited to have the dual threat and maintains there's plenty of room for both. "Anybody who thinks anything otherwise doesn't get it," Carroll is quoted. "I think those guys will play together in tandem." Miller caught at least 60 passes each of the last two seasons at Oakland.