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DOWN ON THE FARM: MAJOR HAPPENINGS IN THE MINOR LEAGUES
Published August 8, 1995
NORTHERN LEAGUE EXPANDS BY TWO: The Northern League announced that Madison, WI and Fargo, ND have been awarded franchises and will begin play next season. Fargo recently approved a financing plan for a new $4M ballpark to be built on the campus of North Dakota State. The stadium will be completed for the '96 season. The Madison team will play in Warner Park, which has been the home of minor league baseball before. Ownership groups for the team will be announced by September (Northern League). NOT JUST RUN OF THE MILL: The AA Reading Phillies did something a little different with their team picture this year. Instead of the traditional picture, the team brought in a truck and fork lift from one of their sponsors, "84 Lumber." The picture was then taken with the players leisurely sitting on and around the truck and on the fork lift (Phillies). YOU COME HERE OFTEN? The AAA Buffalo Bisons hosted "Singles Nights" on August 4 and will do so again on August 25 for fans wanting to meet new people or make new friends. The seating will be "guy-gal-guy-gal" and women will be able to pick up a free rose during the game (Bisons). GOOD STUFF, REAL CHEAP: The AA Chattanooga Lookouts will host Used Car Night on August 18. Nine used cars will be donated by local car dealerships and given away every half-inning. Fans will be able to enter their name as they walk in to the stadium and winners will be chosen through a raffle (Lookouts).