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Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill to appear in Argyle next week on behalf of epilepsy research

Minnesota’s football coach, Jerry Kill

As Minnesota’s football coach, Jerry Kill wants to visit all parts of the Gopher state.

Kill will see some of the northwest part of the state Monday when he visits Argyle during Jerrysota Day — an event that promotes Gopher football. But his visit has another goal — raising awareness in the fight against epilepsy and cancer.

“This is a big deal for us,” said Stephen-Argyle High School athletic director Kevin Kuznia, a member of the Jerrysota Day committee.

Kill has battled epilepsy for a number of years and also is a cancer survivor. He recently donated $100,000 to promote educational awareness and understanding of epilepsy throughout the state.

Kill’s visit is a fundraising event for the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota and the American Cancer Society – Relay for Life.

The visit by the Minnesota coach received a big assist from area farmer Don Loeslie.

Full day of activities

The day will be filled with events, including Kill’s visit with area high school football coaches; a bean and brats lunch at 11:30 a.m.; a presentation from Kill at approximately noon at the Jay Sorenson Memorial Field; and a meet-and-greet with the Minnesota coach.

Kill will visit a high school that has been a power in Minnesota 9-man football for years as Stephen-Argyle has won a handful of state titles.

Also, games and activities are planned for kids attending the event. A Top of the State 7-on-7 passing tournament also is in the works.

Kuznia said area business and service clubs played a big role in preparing the day’s activities.

 The two goals of Jerrysota Day are to promote Gophers football and to help in the fight against epilepsy and cancer.

All of the donations received at the lunch stand and for the T-shirts that will be handed out will go to the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota and area Relay for Life teams.

Kill will enter his fourth season as the Minnesota coach in the fall. His record at Minnesota is 17-21 but he has guided the last two Minnesota teams to bowl games.

He has a career 144-94 record. Kill was the head coach at Saginaw Valley (Mich.) State, Emporia (Kan.) State, Southern Illinois and Northern Illinois before taking over the Gophers program in 2011.

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Wayne Nelson
Nelson is the sports editor of the Herald
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