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Pete Hanson

I'm just a regular Minnesota guy that grew up on the north-side of the Cities (Fridley), spent some quality time at the U of M, chill on the weekends at the family cabin near Duluth, bleed Vikings purple, and miss the North Stars. I have a short attention span; and enjoy Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash, Zac Brown, 80s hair bands, coffee, beer, scotch, and long sunset walks on the beach. (One of those isn't true.) I'm a two-time cancer survivor now (Colorectal 2002, Kidney 2014), and know that life is damn short -- so by all means we should be playing as hard and as often as we can. I think that's it. (Did I mention that I have a short attention span?) Hit me up below on Facebook & Twitter.
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Last Night’s Super Start To ‘Summertime By George’ [Watch]

Cindy & I officially kicked off summer last night in Eastman Park with thousands of others at the first night of 'Summertime By George' in St. Cloud. Seriously, S.B.G. is one of the coolest community events I have ever been to. It's 100% summer, fun, food, family, music, and neighbors.

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NFL’s Demands For A Minneapolis Super Bowl

On Sunday, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune revealed a confidential list of NFL demands the league placed on the host city, if Minneapolis wanted the 2018 Super Bowl to take place in the new Vikings stadium. It's unclear how much of it the Minnesotans agreed to, but here's part of the list (all at no cost to the league).

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See The Anti-Redskins Ad That Ran Last Night During The NBA Finals [Watch]

This ad was originally intended to run during the Super Bowl, but the NFL pulled the plug. It ran last night during Game 3 of the NBA Finals in seven cities (not seen in Minnesota). I think Washington's team name change is inevitable. Here's the ad. Pretty powerful.

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‘Summertime By George’ Season Kicks Off Tonight [Watch]

98 Country invites you to join us tonight, for the first 'Summertime By George' of the season in St. Cloud's Eastman Park. Wednesday nights at Lake George mean live music, food & drink, art, kids activities, neighbors, and good times. It's what summer in Minnesota is all about. Here's the season schedule, and we'll see you there!

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‘Summertime By George’ Kicks Off Tomorrow Night

98 Country invites you to join us tomorrow night, for the first 'Summertime By George' of the season in St. Cloud's Eastman Park. Wednesday nights at Lake George mean live music, food & drink, art, kids activities, neighbors, and good times. It's what summer in Minnesota is all about. Here's the season schedule, and we'll see you there!

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Heading To The Lake? Don’t Miss Gordy’s Hi-Hat!

Minnesota is full of tasty, little eateries. We've all got our favorites, and one of mine is Gordy's Hi-Hat in Cloquet. Featured on the Food Network's 'Diner's, Dives, & Drive-Ins,' Gordy's is famous for their burgers, fish sandwiches, onion rings, chili, malts, and more! I pass by twice on every trip to the cabin, usually stopping at least once.

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Jennifer Melton of North Branch Wins $10,000

Jennifer Melton of North Branch is the latest $10,000 winner on 98 Country, joining last Fall's $10,000 winner; Carla Rick of Litchfield. Jennifer, a 98 Country Club member, registered to win online in the 98 Country Club. Are you a 98 Country Club member yet? It's free, easy -- and the time to join is now!

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National Doughnut Day Today? (Are You Kidding Me?!)

You might as well call it National 'This Is For You Pete Hanson' Day! If you ask me (and I know you are), doughnuts are like potato chips; you can't eat just one. Honestly, Super America's are probably my fave in St. Cloud, but I'm sure there are bakeries (that I haven't tried) that are horrified to hear that. Who's doughnut do I have to try?

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What’s The Best All-Time Country Summer Song? [VOTE]

To me, Brad Paisley's new 'River Bank' feels like a pretty good summer tune for 2014, but what do you think is best country summer song ever? Lot's to choose from! Kenny Chesney's Summertime? Craig Morgan's Redneck Yacht Club? Alan Jackson's Summertime Blues? Vote here and we'll create another '98 Nation Top-Ten' list.

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Excited For Vikings Training Camp? (Me too!)

It happens every summer. Minnesota Vikings training camp starts, and my purple blood starts flowing with optimistic anticipation. Camp starts this year in Mankato on July 24th. Last season was painful. This season is an unknown, but at least the team made some off-season moves that I can be excited about (not that it takes much). Skol!

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