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    yep yep. I know what you're taking about.

    When I was up there for my family reunion, my appendix decided it wanted to come out, so I had my appendectomy in small town Sleepy Eye.

    Nice town, they have a really pretty Catholic Church, St. Mary's. My school is bigger than their town, yet they have to high schools, the Catholic, and Public. Really cool town.
    i m better than you, so just give up...

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    a quality area to raise kids.

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    The Minnesota Vikings will hold their 2006 training camp at Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN. Rookie players will report to camp July 27 and veteran players July 30.
    My buddy got the VIP invite to training camp on August 4th and 5th, and I got the call to go with him! Whoooo-hooooo!

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    wow.. that'd be sweet.. you too sir nned to post pics as well
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    Posted on Wed, Jul. 12, 2006

    [size=18px]Fans will see changes as Vikings open training camp[/size]

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    MANKATO, Minn. - The Minnesota Vikings begin training camp on July 27, but the first open practice for fans won't take place until Aug. 1 at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

    Keeping the first few days closed to the public is one of several changes to team policy announced Tuesday.

    Overall, 27 of the Vikings' 35 practices will be open with free admission, while a 28th - an Aug. 4 scrimmage against Kansas City - will require a $10 ticket. Daily parking charges are $5 on campus grounds.

    The Vikings say rookies and selected veterans will report to camp July 27, with the full squad set to report July 31. In previous years, Vikings players have all reported on the same day.

    The Vikings are also using a new system for autograph seekers. Steve LaCroix, vice president of sales and marketing, said the arrangement would be "more organized and less chaotic."

    Players will no longer sign autographs as they leave the field after the morning practice. Instead, one position group per day will sign autographs at a designated area. All positions will sign at least once during the summer, according to a schedule on the team's Web site.

    "This system allows every player to cycle through at some point," LaCroix said, "and still gives fans the opportunity to have up-close-and-personal access to them. Some other teams have done it this way and it's worked effectively."

    The Vikings have a three-year contract to hold training camp in Mankato, but LaCroix said the agreement allows the team to opt out after each season.

    The training camp runs through Aug. 17. The Vikings' preseason opener is Aug. 14 at the Metrodome, when they play the Oakland Raiders.

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    Posted on Wed, Jul. 12, 2006

    [size=18px]Vikings tweak training camp[/size]

    Block party, new autograph process added

    BY RAY RICHARDSON
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    The Vikings will start their 41st training camp with a couple of new features to enhance fans' experiences in Mankato — a block party in the city's downtown and a streamlined autograph system.

    Both innovations are expected to help introduce the new-look team to fans after major offseason changes, including the hiring of coach Brad Childress to replace Mike Tice and the trade that sent quarterback Daunte Culpepper to the Miami Dolphins.

    The July 29 block party kicks off events surrounding the 17-day camp at Minnesota State University Mankato. Tickets for the block party are $5 for ages 10 and above.

    The full squad of players is scheduled to report to Mankato on July 30. Childress conducts his first training camp practice as an NFL head coach at 8:45 a.m. Aug. 1.

    There is no admission charge for practices. Parking is $5 and available in lots 20-23. Enter off Monks Avenue.

    To ease the daily crush on players for autographs after morning practices, the Vikings have set up signing sessions in a tent based on positions. For example, the offensive line will be available for autographs on opening day. Defensive line members will be available the next day, and so on.

    In past camps, fans clamored for autographs alongside a roped-off area as players walked by toward the locker room. Fans unable to get close enough to the rope might miss out on autographs.

    "We understand that accessibility for fans at training camp is a priority," said Steve LaCroix, the Vikings' vice president of sales and marketing. "We needed to create a better system. This way, the process is much easier for all the guys."

    The club is bringing back its interactive Vikings Village, which will open on the first day of camp. There is no admission charge. The Village, open to all ages, will be in operation during each public practice.

    The Vikings will conduct a night practice with the Kansas City Chiefs on Aug. 4 in Blakeslee Stadium. The two-hour event is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the practice are $10 for ages 4 and above. Tickets are available through the Vikings' ticket office at 612-338-4537, Ticketmaster at 651-989-5151 and the Greater Mankato Chamber and Convention Bureau at 507-345-4519.

    Other highlights include a Vikings alumni night (Aug. 4), a free youth football clinic (Aug. 10) and a cheerleaders clinic (Aug. 12).

    Childress will close camp to the public Aug. 13 to help his staff and him prepare for the team's exhibition opener Aug. 14 against the Oakland Raiders and Randy Moss at the Metrodome. Game time is 7 p.m. The camp will reopen Aug. 16 and close the next day.

    The Vikings signed a three-year contract with Minnesota State Mankato that could keep the club's training camp operations at the university through 2008. LaCroix said the club has "some options" to end the agreement in 2007 or before the 2008 season.

    Ray Richardson can be reached at [email protected]

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    From: Vikings.com

    [size=18px]Vikings Announce Camp Schedule[/size]

    July 11, 2006

    The Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday announced the official schedule for Midwest Wireless Minnesota Vikings Training Camp, which will be held on the campus of Minnesota State, Mankato. 2006 marks the 41st consecutive year the team will kick off their season in Mankato. The announcement came at a news conference on the campus of Minnesota State, Mankato.

    Midwest Wireless is again stepping up as the title sponsor to ensure the event is the best possible for the Mankato community and Vikings fans everywhere.

    "It means a lot to the region and to us to have the Vikings here in Mankato for training camp," said Dennis Miller, President and CEO of Midwest Wireless.

    Miller briefly mentioned some of the promotions and contests that will be offered during training camp, including the "Kickoff the Season Sweepstakes". One lucky fan will win a Motorola RAZR, two season tickets to see the 2006 Minnesota Vikings and a chance to kick a 50-yard field goal to win $1,000,000.

    "With a terrific sponsor like Midwest Wireless and all the other great corporate partners that have contributed to training camp, we're thrilled to be able to come back to Mankato in August," said Steve LaCroix, Vikings Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

    LaCroix opened up the press conference by welcoming everyone to Blakeslee Stadium and previewing some of the highlights of Midwest Wireless Minnesota Vikings Training Camp. LaCroix mentioned the July 29th Block Party in downtown Mankato, Opening Day on August 1st, Alumni Day and practice with the Kansas City Chiefs on August 4th, the Youth Football and Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader's camps, and Fan Appreciation Day on August 17th.

    LaCroix then introduced Miller and Dean Trauger, Minnesota State University Vice President of Finance and Administration.

    "Minnesota State, Mankato is very excited to continue hosting Midwest Wireless Minnesota Vikings Training Camp in Mankato and on the campus of Minnesota State," Trauger said. "I would like to thank the Wilf family for their vision, which has reinvigorated Vikings fans everywhere."

    LaCroix then introduced Mike Lavin, city of Mankato councilman.

    "Training camp continues to be an opportunity for our community that is unique in Minnesota," Lavin said. "We can showcase not only the campus and its marvelous facilities, but the whole community. No other city in Minnesota can say that they host this training camp."

    Former Viking Bob Lurtsema spoke about how players, past and present, have enjoyed Mankato playing host to training camp.

    "Mankato is so much fun for the players," Lurtsema said. "The fun and love that this community gave back to me is really special."

    Rick Spielman, Vikings Vice President of Player Personnel was then introduced. Spielman spoke about his first visit to Mankato upon joining the Vikings staff.

    "The minute we got off that bus in Mankato I knew why this was the place that hosted training camp," Spielman commented.

    The 2006 Midwest Wireless Minnesota Vikings Training Camp will provide Vikings fans with a unique blend of nostalgia and novelty. The camp will continue to promote the Vikings storied history and strong tradition but will also allow fans an opportunity to meet the new faces that joined the team during the off-season, including Head Coach Brad Childress and free agent Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson.

    "The changes in the off-season will make this year's training camp in Mankato even more interesting as fans get a chance to see our new players and coaches in action," said LaCroix.

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    [size=18px]New limits on fan access part of changes at Vikings training camp[/size]

    In a departure from custom, some practices will be closed and new controls will be put on autograph seekers.

    Kevin Seifert, Star Tribune
    Last update: July 11, 2006 – 10:52 PM


    The first four days of Vikings training camp will be closed to the public, one of several changes to team policy announced Tuesday.

    Many NFL teams limit fan access to training camp, and the Washington Redskins will allow fans to attend only eight practices. This summer, however, will mark the first time in memory that part of Vikings training camp -- a summer destination for thousands of fans -- has been closed.

    Overall, 27 of the Vikings' 35 practices will be open with free admission, while a 28th -- an Aug. 4 scrimmage against Kansas City -- will require the purchase of a $10 ticket. Daily parking charges are $5 on the grounds of Minnesota State, Mankato.

    The Vikings, who did not offer an official explanation for the access change, are one of four teams that will stagger their reporting dates. Rookies and selected veterans will report July 27 and participate in five practices, all closed, over the following three days.

    The remaining veterans will report July 30, and the entire team will hold a light practice, also closed, July 31. The first open practice will start at 8:45 a.m. Aug. 1.

    In previous years, Vikings players have all reported on the same day.

    Meanwhile, the Vikings also will implement a new system for autograph seekers. Steve LaCroix, vice president of sales and marketing, said the arrangement would be "more organized and less chaotic" than before.

    Players no longer will sign autographs as they leave the field after the morning practice. Instead, the Vikings will designate one position group per day to sign autographs at a designated area. All positions will sign at least once during the summer, according to a schedule available at vikings.com.

    "This system allows every player to cycle through at some point," LaCroix said, "and still gives fans the opportunity to have up-close-and-personal access to them. Some other teams have done it this way and it's worked effectively."

    The Vikings have agreed to a three-year contract to continue holding training camp in Mankato, but LaCroix said the agreement allows the Vikings to opt out after each season if desired. With only one ticketed event, this summer's training camp presents a particularly difficult revenue challenge.

    "We will do our best to offset as much of the expense as we can with revenues," La-Croix said. "With fewer ticketed events, we'll have to be more creative in trying to generate revenue streams."

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    Sounds like you fans who planned on attending during the first four days of mini camp are S.O.L.

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    I'm sure a lot of people will whine about the changes. I'm all for the closed access to certain aspects of the camp. The Internet/blogs/e-mail/digital cameras, etc. make the information instantly accessible to all.

    The autograph signing thing is bogus. If you want a signature of an LB and you go on WR day you are SOL.

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