Longtime Mankato polka show host loses battle with cancer

Author:
Updated:
Original:

The longtime emcee of Mankato's "Bandwagon" music television program passed away Monday after a hard battle with cancer.

Dick Ginn, 68, of New Ulm was co-host of the polka show for nearly 40 years, the New Ulm Journal Reports.

"Bandwagon" airs Sunday mornings on KEYC and FOX in Mankato, and claims to be one of the longest running, locally produced, entertainment programs in the history of Minnesota television.

“He lived and breathed polka music,” former KEYC TV General Manager Dennis Wahlstrom tells the Mankato Free Press.

Ginn grew up on a farm in Faribault County until moving to Mankato then New Ulm. He attended Cathedral High School, where he met his wife, Jan Mielke, and graduated in 1962. The high school sweethearts married in 1965.

In addition to hosting "Bandwagon," Ginn played the banjo in several bands and played a role in forming the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in New Ulm.

Ginn died of throat and lung cancer. He made is final appearance on "Bandwagon" in January.

Video of the show is on YouTube.

Next Up

Donald Trump

Confusion over where Trump campaign rally will be held Friday

It sounds like it'll be held at the airport in Rochester.

Screen Shot 2020-10-29 at 3.19.05 PM

This video of the Lowry Hill Tunnel walls being cleaned is oddly satisfying

The tunnel will be closed overnight Thursday for cleaning.

gray wolf

Gray wolf removed from the endangered species list

A decision on whether they can be hunted in Minnesota will come later.

covid saliva test

Minnesota opening its 7th saliva testing location in St. Paul

The tests are free and open to anyone regardless of if they have symptoms.

pete stauber - qunn nystrom CD8

Election 2020 preview: Minnesota's 8th Congressional District

It's a race between incumbent Rep. Pete Stauber and Democratic challenger Quinn Nystrom.

coronavirus, covid-19, icu

Minnesota's COVID-19 hospitalizations increase by 27.5% in 24 hours

Bring Me The News confirmed that the dramatic increase is not a numbers error.

fire, flames

Lives saved as passerby, city workers rescue from 3 from Golden Valley fire

The Golden Valley Fire Department responded to the fire Wednesday morning.

Caribou Coffee Holiday 2020

Caribou Coffee rolls out holiday cups, menu early

The holiday season is underway at some Twin Cities stores, with a nationwide rollout planned for Nov. 5.

Malik Beasley

Charges: Timberwolves' Beasley pointed assault rifle at family on a home tour

The family was on the Parade of Homes tour when Beasley allegedly pointed the gun at them, telling them to get off his property.

Related

Children's Museum announces plans for Mankato

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota plans to build a permanent home in downtown Mankato, but still needs to raise more than $2 million. So far, the Mankato Free Press reports nearly $1.7 million has been pledged for the $4 million structure. Executive Director Peter Olson has asked the City Council for $250,000 to buy a piece of property next to the Blue Earth County Library. Olson claims the museum would have an annual economic impact of $5 million.