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Menards Announces Grand Opening Festivities

The official celebration begins Saturday, Feb. 23.

To celebrate the recent opening of the Richfield's Menards is kicking off a nine-day grand opening celebration beginning Feb. 23, complete with demonstrations, prize giveaways, and celebrity and guest appearances.

The following is the schedule for many of the special and celebrity guest appearances. Information was taken directly from a Menards press release:

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Who: John Gage; legendary chainsaw carver.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 through Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Why Go? Come and watch legendary chainsaw artist, John Gage, make wood carvings from simple logs. Representing Remington Chainsaws, Gage is well-known throughout the Midwest as a personable and talented artist. Gage’s carvings will be available for public sale.

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Who: John Randle, former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle

When:* Monday, Feb. 25 from 6-8 p.m.

Why Go? Get free autographs signed by Randle, who as an undrafted free agent in 1990, went on to a dominating career as a defensive tackle and was named to the NFL 1990’s All-Decade team. Randle amassed 137.5 career sacks while playing 11 seasons with the Vikings and an additional three years with the Seattle Seahawks. As a testimony to his dominance, Randle was a six-time All-Pro, seven-time Pro Bowl selection and named to the Vikings Ring of Honor in 2008. Randle received the NFL’s highest honor in 2010 when he was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his second year of eligibility.

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Who: Scott Studwell, former Minnesota Vikings linebacker.*

When: Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 6-8 p.m.

Why Go? Get free autographs signed by Scott Studwell. Studwell, a second team All-American linebacker out of the University of Illinois, was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 1977. Playing 14 NFL seasons with the Vikings, he set the team’s career record for assisted, solo and combined tackles. After his successful NFL playing career, Studwell moved into the Vikings front office and since 2002 has been their director of college scouting.

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Who: Gary Gaetti, former Minnesota Twins third baseman.

When:* Thursday, Feb. 28 from 6-8 p.m.

Why Go? An accomplished third baseman, Gary Gaetti played for six major league teams during his 20-year career, most notably the Minnesota Twins from 1981-1990. Gaetti was the first player to ever hit home runs in his first two postseason plate appearances while being named the MVP of the 1987 American League Championship Series and leading the Twins to that year’s World Series Title. Gaetti hit 360 home runs, was a four-time Gold Glove winner and two-time All-Star during his illustrious career.

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Also appearing:

Who: Mr. Clean, Procter & Gamble’s spokesperson.

When:* Sunday, Feb. 24 noon to 4 p.m.

Why Go? Free autographs

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Who: Sasquatch, Jack Link’s famous mascot

When:* Friday, March 1 from 6-7 p.m.

Why Go? Take photos with Sasquatch.

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