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BASEBALL: Military members can attend all Lunkers games free

The Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers of the Northwoods League, in partnership with RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty, announced Wednesday that all military service members, current and former, will be able to attend all 35 Lunkers home games during the 2011 regular season free of charge.

“This community is entrenched with active service members and military veterans who have given so much to our nation, as well as the Brainerd lakes area,” Lunkers general manager Dustin Anaas said in a news release. “We felt it was time for us to show our appreciation for the commitment these soldiers have made by opening our gates to them all season long.”

The Lunkers will be honoring the U.S. military all season, starting with Opening Day on Wednesday when they take on the Alexandria Beetles at 7:05 p.m. Camp Ripley post commander Col. St. Sauver will be on hand to throw out the first pitch. 

Also, the first 500 fans will receive an American flag and there will be a post-game fireworks show sponsored by Mills Fleet Farm. 

The Lunkers will also be honoring the military with their Military Mondays promotion during every Monday home game. In conjunction with the Minnesota National Guard, the Lunkers will focus on how different facets of the military function in the Brainerd area. 

To retrieve their tickets, service members, current and former, need show proper identification at the Lunkers ticket booth prior to a game. Service members may also stop by Mills Field ahead of time to ensure a seat at the game. 

For more information call the Lunkers office (218) 824-3474 or visit