Sauk Rapids woman granted wish to meet Josh Groban


It's taken awhile, but word is finally spreading about a 66-year-old Sauk Rapids woman's memorable meeting with her pop idol.

The St. Cloud Times reports that Barb Swenson was granted a wish to meet hit singer Josh Groban after his concert in the Twin Cities last fall.

Brookdale Senior Living, which owns the assisted living facility, Sterling House, where Swenson resides, released information on the meeting this week.

The Times said Swenson was granted her wish by the nonprofit group Wish of a Lifetime, which helps senior citizens fulfill their dreams.

Sterling House's resident program director nominated Swenson for the wish, which was awarded to the woman in June.

Swenson was given concert tickets and meet-and-greet time with Groban, as well as transportation – which would have been difficult otherwise because the resident has a difficult time traveling, the Times says. Swenson, who has cerebral palsy, can only get around with the use of a power wheelchair.

Swenson, who has followed Groban since his career began 12 years ago, said she can't remember much of her meeting with Groban. She told the Times the experience left her in a daze.

Groban isn't the only singer to step up to grant Minnesotans' wishes in the past year.

In November, Make-A-Wish arranged a meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, between country music star Luke Bryan and Tatum Libbesmeier, an 8-year-old from Herman, Minnesota, battling cancer.

Bryan not only gave a Libbesmeier a personal performance, but sought the girl out in the audience during the taping of the “CMA Country Christmas” special that aired on ABC, WDAY said.

In September, country-pop star Taylor Swift met with a 7-year-old Mankato girl before the first of the singer’s two shows at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

FOX 9 reported that Madison Harbarth, who was born with a rare spinal condition, met and got her picture taken with Swift.

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