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Published On: July 1st, 2021

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MANKATO, MINN. – The Mankato MoonDogs are excited to announce that former Minnesota State Maverick great Adam Thielen will officially get the 2021 Northwoods League All-Star Game underway on Tuesday, July 20 when he throws out the ceremonial first pitch at ISG Field.

Thielen, who attended Detroit Lakes High School in Detroit Lakes, Minn. before attending Minnesota State-Mankato, is excited to return to Mankato to be a part of the 2021 Northwoods League festivities.

Thielen has put together one of the best feel-good stories in all of sports as he prepares for his eighth season in the NFL this year. After red-shirting in 2008 at Minnesota State, the speedy wideout went on to become one of the most prolific wide receivers and return specialists in school history. He finished near the top of several career receiving categories after his four years at MSU including finishing second in receiving yards (2,674), second in receptions (192) and third in touchdown catches (19). Thielen also earned NSIC first-team honors, Daktronics Super Region #3 second team and Don Hansen Super Region #3 second team accolades during the 2012 season.

Following his illustrious career for the Mavericks, Thielen signed a free agent contract in 2013 and entered the NFL ranks. During the past seven season he has hauled in 393 receptions for 5,183 yards and 39 touchdowns, all team-highs during the span. Thielen surpassed the 1,000-yeard receiving mark in back-to-back seasons when he posted 1,276 yards in 2017 and a team-high 113 receptions and 1,373 yards in 2018, both which ranked in the top 10 in the entire NFL. The Detroit Lakes native also set two NFL records during that memorable 2018 season, including the most consecutive games with 100+ yards receiving (8) to start a season and tied Calvin Johnson for the most consecutive games with 100+yards (8). Thielen has also been selected to two Pro Bowls (2017 & 2018).

Adam, and his wife Caitlin, are also very active in the community. The couple formed the Thielen Foundation in the fall of 2018 to help serve, educate and inspire those in need. With an overarching theme on youth development, the Thielen Foundation aims to create programs that will equip and empower kids to reach their full potential in life.

The Northwoods League All-Star festivities are set to take place over a two-day celebration in Mankato on July 19-20. Tickets for the All-Star events, which include the Fan Fest/HR Challenge on Monday, July 19 and the All-Star Luncheon Banquet and the All-Star game on Tuesday, July 20 can be purchased at the MoonDogs ticket office at 1221 Caledonia Street (Mankato) or by calling 507-625-7047. Information and tickets can also be purchased online at


The Mankato MoonDogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 27th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 250 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB Gold Glove finalist and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the MoonDogs as your favorite team.