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How exciting it was to see the Minnesota Twins' caravan pull into Mora High School and entertain students, faculty and visitors. The visit from the Twins even garnered a spot on the 6 p.m. edition of KARE 11 news on Mon., Jan 14.

In the KARE 11 article the Twins and several Mora High School students shared their views and memories of the Twins throughout the years primarily the championship years of 1987 and '91. Some of the students weren't even born when the Twins won the World Series for the first time in their existence.

Members of the Twins' front office and media relations department along with voice of the Twins John Gordon from WCCO radio and current and former members of the Minnesota Twins Brian Buchanon, Kent Hrbek and Dan Gladden were there to share memories with Twins faithful.

"I love it," said Twins great Dan Gladden. "It's great hearing about the fans' stories when we won the championships. Where they were or what they were doing is fun to hear it's something they won't forget."

This is the 42nd year of the Twins' caravan. Representatives from the Twins will travel to 55 cities to promote the Twins to the fans.

Teacher at Mora Schools Sue Hjelle was hugely responsible for bringing the caravan to Mora, and says it couldn't have turned out better. "I thought it would be wonderful for everyone in the community, so I thought I would give it a shot," said Hjelle. Inspired by the emotion of the Mora Mustangs baseball team last year and their run at a state championship, Hjelle wrote a letter to Peter Martin, who is in charge of scheduling the caravan. "I was so impressed last spring when our guys qualified for the state tourney for the first time ever it really brought our school and community together."

Hjelle's estimations were right on. The Twins representatives kept students, faculty and staff entertained throughout their two-hour visit. Former Twins first basemen Kent Hrbek and senior Mustang third baseman Eric Raivo had some fun seeing who could juggle better while Dan Gladden talked to others about softball and baseball over lunch.

"Imagine how fun it would be to talk with some of the Twins about nothing other than baseball," said an excited Hjelle.

The lyceum followed lunch and was revved up by superintendent of Mora schools and former choir director Keith Lester leading the students as they sang "God Bless America" and the traditional favorite "Take me out to the ball game."

The Twins entered and were asked questions about baseball from several Mora baseball and softball players. "The questions were great and the answers were terrific," said Hjelle. "It's really fun to interact with people of this magnitude it's really exciting."

The Twins visit was simply about baseball. A gesture from the Minnesota Twins to show their appreciation for fans throughout Minnesota.

Hjelle says there may be more visits in the future. "I think the players had a great time as well as our kids. Our students participated and made quite an impression I'm very proud of them. It was a visit that boosted morale and made some people smile I hope we can do it again, I know we'll try," she said.

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