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Growlers Getting New LED Video Scoreboard

Baseball fans will be able to keep track of Kalamazoo Growlers (Summer Collegiate, Northwoods League) games with a new scoreboard this season.  The Kalamazoo (MI) City Commission approved the purchase of a $250,000 LED video display board from Daktronics, splitting the cost with the baseball team.  It will replace a 14-year-old scoreboard that has become expensive to repair and uses hard-to-find parts.  Read more here.

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MoonDogs Unveil New Ownership Group, Logo and Ballpark Improvements for 2018

PRESS RELEASE – The Mankato MoonDogs baseball club will have a new look, a new feel and new ownership as they prepare for their 20th season of play in the Northwoods League this summer. The Mankato franchise introduced their new five-person ownership group, led by local owners Chad Surprenant and Kyle Smith, rolled out a new logo and shared an update on the ongoing renovations at Franklin Rogers Park at a press conference held inside of the Verizon Center in downtown Mankato earlier today. Continue reading

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Differing Opinions Over Possible Northwoods League Baseball at Frame Park

The disharmony on social media generated by the renewal of recent news that a Northwoods League (Summer Collegiate) ownership group is interested in developing the Frame Park field into a more stadium-like facility, has been reflected in meetings in and around city hall, too.  There is no shortage of opinions.  Read more here.

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Old St. Croix Dog Track Prepares for Baseball Makeover

The St. Croix Meadows dog track in Hudson (WI) will be demolished in January to make room for the new development Hudson Gateway, which will include a baseball stadium for the St. Croix River Hounds (Summer Collegiate, Northwoods League), brewery, hotel, condos, business offices and more.  The property that has sat dormant since the dog track closed in 2001.  Read more here.  Take a ballpark rendering tour below:

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Mandan (ND) Ballpark Renovations on Track

Mandan Veteran’s Memorial Ballpark in Mandan (ND), across the Missouri River from Bismarck (ND), will undergo a $2.5 million renovation project beginning next summer.  To date, $1.5 million has already been raised.  Read more here.  As we pondered back in September, could Mandan become a future cross-river rival for the Bismarck Larks (Summer Collegiate, Northwoods League)?  It’s a stretch from a 20,000-population standpoint, and Legion ball appears to be the primary focus, but the far-flung Northwoods circuit does have a huge footprint gap to fill.

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Big Top Baseball Targets Waukesha for New Franchise

Big Top Baseball, which owns and operates four  successful Northwoods League (Summer Collegiate) franchises in Wisconsin (Madison Mallards, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, Kenosha Kingfish and Green Bay Bullfrogs), has been talking with Waukesha (WI) officials for months about placing a team at a renovated Frame Park.  This isn’t the first time baseball suitors have come calling, but Big Top actually has the money, experience, and muscle to get it done.  Read the latest news here.

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NWL Recognizes Teams for Webcasting Excellence

PRESS RELEASE – The Bismarck Larks have been named the Northwoods League’s Webcasting Team of the Year, and the Lakeshore Chinooks in the South Division and the St. Cloud Rox in the North Division have each been recognized for having the Best Webcast of the Year in their respective divisions. Continue reading

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