The Free Press, Mankato, MN

April 21, 2013

Briefs: Shuffle Function anchors KMSU pledge drive; MSU's 'Mostly Minnesota' concert

The Free Press

Shuffle Function anchoring 24-hour pledge drive

MANKATO — KMSU’s spring pledge drive begins Wednesday — and you can bet the Shuffle Function radio show hosts will be back in the saddle for their annual 24-hour radio show.

This year, KMSU has set a goal of raising $35,000. Tim Lind and Shelley Pierce will do their part by holding their 11th annual 24-hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go. The show goes 6 p.m. Thursday to 6 p.m. Friday.

“Every year we do this, it’s a year off our life,” Pierce laughed. “We put so much work into it, but only because we love KMSU. I don’t even want to think what I’d do without the radio show.”

As usual, Lind and Pierce have planned several events to get people in the giving mood.

Monday is Intergalactic Bacon Day. Visitors to KMSU during the Shuffle Function morning show may find chocolate-covered bacon, bacon shakes, peanut butter and bacon sandwiches, bacon and maple cupcakes, and maybe even bacon-flavored shaved ice.

Tuesday is Free Book Day in which station visitors will receive a free book.

For more information about KMSU’s pledge drive, visit For more information about Shuffle Function, visit


MSU Concert Bands hosting ‘Mostly Minnesota’ concert

MANKATO — The Minnesota State University Concert Bands will host “Mostly Minnesota” at 7:30 p.m. today.

The concert will be held in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The University Concert Bands consists of the Symphonic Band and the Concert Wind Ensemble, which are composed of university students, staff, and community members. Amy Roisum Foley directs both of these ensembles. In addition, Dawn Punke, master's student, will be conducting both ensembles.

The “Mostly Minnesota” program is comprised of a diverse range of musical styles all closely linked to the state of Minnesota. Shelley Hanson will be featured as guest composer and conductor on three of her own works.

Concert admission is $9, and $7 for current MSU students. Advance purchase is encouraged. Purchase online at For more information, call the MSU Performance Series office at 507-389-5549.