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Minnesota Vikings News And Links, 6/14

Gun. Slinger. (Okay, it's not him. But you knew that already.)
Gun. Slinger. (Okay, it's not him. But you knew that already.)

We've managed to reach Friday, everybody! The Minnesota Vikings have concluded their last session of Organized Team Activities for the off-season, and will kick off their mandatory mini-camp on next week at Winter Park. The Vikings are one of only three teams (along with the Atlanta Falcons and the Tennessee Titans) that have not conducted their mandatory camp, so the Vikings will have some of the stage to themselves next week. . .such as it is at this point in the pre-season.

Since yesterday, the only story we've brought you was Eric letting you know that the Vikings (along with every other team in the NFL) are going to be a lot more selective about what sorts of bags they are going to allow fans to bring into stadiums this upcoming season. Let's see what the rest of the internet has for us. . .

-A group of folks are going around the state attempting to sell people on the charitable gaming that will help to fund the new Vikings stadium.

-Everson Griffen is looking forward, not backward, when it comes to his contract season.

And. . .well, that's about all. So, if you would, indulge me for a moment.

I want to take a moment to recognize the man that helped get me my first job in high school, a part-time DJ at the mighty KQLX AM/FM in Lisbon, North Dakota. His name is Bruce Dougherty, the man who was pretty much the voice of sports in southeastern North Dakota for the better part of three decades. He's since moved on to Casper, Wyoming, and today will be his last day behind the mic before retiring. He'll be doing updates on KTWO starting. . .well, right about now. Go ahead and give it a listen, if you feel so inclined.

Congratulations, Bruce! And thank you for, at least in part, guiding me down the path I'm on today.

With that. . .the rules of the Open Thread are the same as always. No politics, no religion, no bad language, and no feeding the trolls.

Here's our last one-hit wonder for this week:

With that, the beer light is on and the bar is open for this Friday, everybody! Enjoy the rest of your day, and we'll effort to have some more good stuff for you as the day goes on.