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New coach Herm Edwards will lead Chiefs to River Falls

Herm Edwards will make his first trip to River Falls this year as the new Kansas City Chiefs head coach.

Practice for the Chiefs is expected to begin at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on July 28 from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. at the Ramer Field Sports Complex, according to UW-RF officials.

That afternoon practice will feature several key players including; quarterback Trent Green; running backs Larry Johnson and Priest Holmes; tackle Willie Roaf; tight end Tony Gonzalez; cornerback Patrick Surtain, linebacker Kawika Mitchell and the 2006 first round draft choice out of Penn State, defensive end Tamba Hali.

This will be the 16th year the Chiefs have headed to River Falls for their summer training camp. The camp will break on Aug. 18.

Edwards was named the team's new head coach on Jan. 9. He had previously coached the New York Jets.

"We selected Herm Edwards because he is without question one of the most qualified head football coaches in the NFL today," said Carl Peterson, president of the Kansas City Chiefs.

One western Wisconsin native will be making the trip with the team this year as an assistant coach

Mondovi native Tim Krummie is the team's defensive line coach. He played four seasons at UW-Madison and had a superb 12-year career with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was twice named to the Pro Bowl and played in Super Bowl XXIII.

Krumrie served as a defensive assistant with the Bengals (1995-2002) and as the defensive line coach at Buffalo (2003-05) before joining the Chiefs.

On most days the Chiefs will practice twice from about 9-10:45 a.m., and again from 3:45-5:15 p.m., at the Ramer Field Sports Complex. All practices, except the Aug. 5 Family Fun Night, are free and open to the public.

Several special events are scheduled during camp to give fans an extra value to their training camp experiences at UW-RF.

The popular Punt, Pass & Kick competition for boys and girls age 8-13 will be on Saturday, July 29. Registration is free, and on site will start at 11 a.m. with competition starting at noon.

The event is sponsored by FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery. Everyone who participates receives a ribbon and the top three place winners in each category receives a trophy.

Edwards will present the trophies to the winners after the Family Fun Night practice on Aug. 5. To register online go to: www.uwrf.edu/chiefs/ppkform.htm .

On Aug. 4 the Chiefs will travel to Mankato, Minn., to practice with the Minnesota Vikings. Tentative practice time is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at MSU-Mankato, the site of the Vikings Summer Training Camp.

Family Fun Night, sponsored by Viking Coca Cola of River Falls, will be held on Aug. 5.

The Chiefs practice under the lights, and food, music and games will be available, as well as photo and autograph opportunities with players and coaches. The session will last from 6:30-6:50 p.m.

The popular Chiefs Experience will be back. Fans will be able to join in some interactive games that will challenge everyone's football skills. A speed and obstacle course, a football throw and a field goal kicking station will be part of the fun. The Experience is open to everyone.

The Indianhead Sport Parachute Club kicks off the festivities with skydiving, and a fireworks display caps off the fun. Admission is $6 for adults and free to those under 18.

Kids Days and Seniors Day at this year's camp offer fun for all ages. Kids Days are scheduled for Aug. 1 and 14 and Seniors Day will be Aug. 8. The events will be held during morning practices.

Concession stand discounts and other activities will be offered. Call 715/425-3771 to register and for more information.

Area golf courses are offering special discounts and packages during the training camp, including Kilkarney Hills (715-425-8501) and Clifton Hollows (800-487-8879) or visit: www.uwrf.edu/chiefs/special_events .

Practice dates and times are subject to change. For up-to-the-minute practice information call 800 4KCC KCC.

More information can be found at the UW-RF Chiefs Summer Training Camp site at: www.uwrf.edu/chiefs .

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