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September 15, 2013

Murray: Mankato girl gets a Swift wish come true


It appears Madison had been granted a wish by the Kids Wish Network, which identifies needy kids and makes their wish come true. And anyone who knows Madison knows there would really only be one wish on her mind: to meet her idol, Taylor Swift.

Swift personalized an 8-by-10 photo with the inscription, “To Madison: You’re beautiful and perfect. Love, Taylor.”

Ever since a fateful fall concert at Garfield Elementary School several years ago, I’ve been OK with T-Swizzle, as the kids call her. I may not always be a fan of her songs, but anyone who can get a gym full of listless sixth-graders to belt out a song as their parents watched is OK by me. (No, she didn’t show up, obviously. But the kids that year persuaded the music teacher to let them sing “Love Song,” a rousing and loud rendition that salvaged a performance marred by kids falling off bleachers and one song that had to be stopped and restarted because of, well, suckiness.)

So Taylor’s been OK in my book. And now she just got a little better. In an age when pop stars are making news for all the wrong moves on stage, Taylor Swift is backstage quietly giving a little Mankato girl a moment she’ll never, ever forget.

Robb Murray is a Free Press staff writer. He can be reached at 344-6386 or You can follow him on Twitter at @freepressRobb.



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