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January 10, 2013

Update: Mankato MoonDogs baseball team sold

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MANKATO —

“We met him before the sale was complete and visited (Franklin Rogers Park) together,” Mrozek said. “We turned the lights on at about 6 p.m. It’s a pretty cool-looking place when the lights are reflecting off a blanket of snow.

“Mark is a big fan of the game, so for him it’s going to be a fun business to get into. He’s indicated he wants to get to know us and the community and kind of get a feel for what’s going on.”

Schwei took over the franchise in 2001, turning the Mankato Mashers into the Mankato MoonDogs. The franchise has had more than 400,000 fans come through the gates since then and has had six players go on to play Major League Baseball.

In 2011, Greater Mankato Growth honored the MoonDogs with the Distinguished Business Award for having a positive impact on the community. Ogren indicated the success of the franchise is one of the reasons he bought it.

“This is an opportunity for me to do something really exciting,” Ogren said. “I like the proximity to the Twin Cities and it’s already an established franchise.

“The MoonDogs have very loyal fans, great sponsors and a nice relationship with the city of Mankato. I don’t anticipate any major changes going in.”

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