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Wilderness Walk: It's Begun!

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Well Wilderness, the annual Mock Draft has begun. This means we're just 2 weeks away from Minnesota's pick- who will it be? See today's walk for a possible clue.

For our music: a number from the show "Spring Awakening" centering on a group of teenagers at a school. This is Jonathan Groff (he of the "King George in Hamilton" or "Jesse St. James in Glee" persuasion) discussing his plans to change the world, as young Melchior Gabor.

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