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Hometown high school names football field after retired Gophers AD Maturi

Retired University of Minnesota athletics director Joel Maturi has been honored in a big way at his hometown high school. Chisholm High School Saturday honored Maturi by naming the school's football field after him. Maturi -- a three-sport athlete at Chisholm before attending Notre Dame.
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Retired University of Minnesota athletics director Joel Maturi has been honored in a big way at his hometown high school. Chisholm High School Saturday honored Maturi by naming the school's football field after him. Maturi -- a three-sport athlete at Chisholm before attending Notre Dame.

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