Heads will spin. At least one head. Goldy Gopher's head. The University of Minnesota announces the return of the Coaches Caravan after a two-year hiatus. The road trip takes Golden Gopher coaches to spots around Minnesota to thank fans for their support. Fans get to mingle with coaches, take pictures of Paul Bunyan's Axe, and watch Goldy spin his head.

A 2019 appearance in Owatonna filled the upper level of Torey's Restaurant with maroon-and-gold clad fans to high from the university's high-profile coaches. This year Steele County fans have a choice of traveling north or east to catch the caravan.

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The news release from the U-of-M indicates the caravan will start Monday, May 9 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, a one-hour drive from Owatonna. The caravan swings through Rochester on Tuesday, May 24, just a quick 45-minute scamper from Owatonna on the new Highway 14. Other stops will include Stillwater on June 6 and Brainerd on June 20.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for those under age 12. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages come with the ticket. A cash bar will also be available. Go here for more information and to register.

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Expected participants include football coach PJ Fleck, men's basketball coach Ben Johnson and volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon for the May 9 caravan visit to Chaska.

FREE FOOTBALL AT THE BANK ON SATURDAY, APRIL 30

The University of Minnesota holds its annual Maroon and Gold Spring Game Saturday, April 30 at Huntington Bank Stadium. Kick-off is at 1 pm. There is no admission charge to attend.

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The university invites you to bring a decorated oar to the game. The university athletic department states, "These customized oars will be added to the inside of Huntington Bank Stadium where they adorn the hallway that the Gophers travel from their locker room to the field on game days. These inspirational oars are the final images the Gophers see before taking the field and serve as a way to connect the community and state with Gopher football."

Fans can also bring diapers that will be donated to families in need through the Diaper Bank of Minnesota.

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