Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children.
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NORTHFIELD -- Conditions were near perfect at the St. Olaf College athletic fields on Saturday for a cross country meet but for Willmar, the Cardinals performance was less so. The team finished 15th of 16 seven-member units running the Class AA boys 5k. "Average, at best," assessed Willmar head coach Jerry Popp.
Alex Grove passed for 1,852 yards in 10 games as a sophomore and 1,502 this fall in nine games. Grove's total yardage of 2,234 is up from last year, when he totaled 2,177. The shotgun quarterback ran for 709 yards, a 6.3 average per rush. Around mid-season, the night after playing 5A Moorhead, the 175-pound junior was asked how he was holding up? "I'm a little sore right now," replied the personable young athlete.
COLFAX TOWNSHIP -- Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Jim Steffen is looking for the person who shot and killed a trumpeter swan in the northern part of Kandiyohi County. The carcass of the protected species was found along a secluded gravel road near a large slough. Steffen said Wednesday that he estimates the bird was killed about 10 days ago. The trumpeter was hunted to extinction in Minnesota for its feathers and meat.
COLFAX TOWNSHIP -- Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Jim Steffen is looking for the person who shot and killed a trumpeter swan in the northern part of Kandiyohi County. The carcass of the protected species was found along a secluded gravel road near a large slough. Steffen said today that he estimates the bird was killed about 10 days ago. The trumpeter was hunted to extinction in Minnesota for its feathers and meat.
WILLMAR, Minn. The Ridgewater College women's volleyball team (28-3) will play in the NJCAA DIII National Tournament a seventh straight year. The 2006 and 2010 national champions claimed the Region 13A title on Saturday afternoon on their home court. The Lady Warriors outhit the Rochester Yellowjackets 25-12, 23-25, 25-9 and 25-18. The No. rated Lady Warriors play for the national title Nov. 11-12 at Rochester, Minn.
Karen Corneil's road back from a brain aneurysm on Aug. 24 has been described as a marathon, not a sprint. Whichever, her pace is steady and sure. Her husband, Tom, told me this week, "We've had so much support and prayers, it's sustained both Karen and myself. We're so thankful for her recovery." She is at home. A caregiver shares her day when Tom is at the office (Corneil-Elkjer Agency). Her speech has returned.
This week, Notebook visits with Lindsay Freeland. She's a new mother (baby Clara is going on 8 months) and works for Touching Hearts at Home in hiring and training caregivers.
NORTH MANKATO -- Like the name implies, a shootout is dramatic, swift and cruel. One of Willmar soccer's most successful seasons, ever, ended in a Shootout Thursday, the sun setting on the western horizon and the Cardinals' season simultaneously at the Dakota Meadows pitch. After 100 minutes of riveting, crisply-played soccer, Mankato West beat Willmar in the best-of-5 Shootout 4-2. That translates into a 1-0 victory and the Section 2A championship and a visit to the Class A quarterfinal round. "That was a game neither team deserved to lose," said Willmar head coach Jeff Winter. Neither t
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals have a score to settle within their species. A year ago this week, the underdog Fairmont Cardinals winged up to Kandiyohi County, beat the favored home-town Cardinals in their own nest 3-2 and then soared home. This time the Willmar birds are the lower seed (No. 5) and will migrate south to Martin County to play the No. 1 Fairmont birds in the Section 2A boys soccer semifinal round. Fairmont is 16-1 and is rates first in the 15-team pod according to the Minnesota-Scores.net's cold-blooded QRF rankings.
Rochester College tackle Kevin Jones drops Ridgewater running back Tyrell Martin for a 1-yard loss in the second quarter at Hodapp Field in Willmar, Minn. on Saturday on the way to the undefeated Yellow Jackets' eighth win by a 27-7 score. The Warriors (5-3) can still qualify for the MCAC playoffs by winning at Brainerd against Central Lakes College on Saturday. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton