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Road Tour Kicked Off

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

In May the Minnesota Wild along with WCCO radio had a contest for one family to win a chance to host the Wells Fargo / Minnesota Wild Kick Off event. The lucky family this year was the Cheesebrough family from Mendota Heights. Their family consists of Dad Ted, Mom Carlee and kids, Charlie (5), Mia (3) and Cole (2). The family did a dynamite job of hosting the event, and kicking off the tour, which will have three legs hitting six different cities today. Leg One will be in Roseau and International Falls. Leg Two is in Sioux City, Iowa and Sioux Falls South Dakota. And Leg Three, which stopped at the Cheesebrough house, will hit up Rochester and Red Wing. Click here for the entire schedule.

Dave Lee, Mike Lynch and the WCCO-AM morning show crew arrived bright and early at the Cheesebrough house to start broadcasting at 5:00 AM. Dave interviewed the family and Mike warned about the rain that did indeed trickle down, but luckily only lasted about five minutes.

Food was in abundance when Subway arrived with their new breakfast sandwiches and Carlee baked muffins and cookies for everyone. Wild players Clayton Stoner and Andrew Ebbett, Wild alumni Wes Walz and Wild radio broadcasters Tom Reid and Kevin Falness all arrived at 7:00 AM. They were greeted by a yard full of kids and the St. Paul Academy girls hockey team.

The guys signed autographs, talked to Dave and of course gobbled up some Subway sandwiches and baked goodies. Stoner seemed to be the favorite player with the St. Paul Academy players, although hockey didn't seem to be the number one topic of conversation.

Wes Walz made sure to quiz the girls about their upcoming trip to Washington D.C. with their head coach, Ted. All four guys even had some time to play a little street hockey with the kids before heading back out on the road. Luckily with all of the hockey sticks out there all of the players escaped injury. Falness even participated by jumping in goal, but unfortunately was lit up like the Fourth of July night sky, so radio is likely his profession for at least another year.

As Dave Lee referred to him this morning, “Hall of Fame broadcaster Kevin Falness” will update everyone on the other goings-on of Leg Three later today with his always entertaining "blog." Note to fans on the Leg Three tour, make sure you tell Falness you are fans of his "blog." He loves the word "blog!"
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