Fire destroys grandstand at historic southern Minnesota baseball field

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Tragic, that's how community members describe a fire at one of southern Minnesota's most beloved baseball fields.

The Waseca Fire Department responded to the scene of a large fire at Tink Larson Field when flames were reported at the ballpark Wednesday evening.

According to the Waseca County News, the fire burned through the concession stand causing the roof to collapse. The wooden grandstand also caught fire and appeared to be a total loss.

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All levels of amateur baseball are played at the field, including both high school and town ball.

The field's namesake is a baseball legend in rural parts of southern Minnesota.

KSTP notes that Tink Larson, who also cared for the field himself, received many accolades. He's a member of 11 halls of fame, including the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

The field itself is well known throughout the region and state. Its grandstand included seats from Met Stadium, the original home of the Twins.

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