Vikings bid farewell to Mankato after 52 years

MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings equipment manager Dennis Ryan loaded the team's pads and bags into a truck headed for the Twin Cities, just as he has so many times on the team's last day of training camp.

He will never have to do it again.

The Vikings bid farewell to Mankato on Tuesday after 52 years of training camps in the college town located about 90 miles south of Minneapolis. So ended one of the longest-running relationships between an NFL team and a satellite camp location.

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