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Lunch Break, 5/19: Bud Grant's Fleeting Time on Twitter

The uniqueness of the merchandise means it might not last long, and apparently, neither will legendary former Vikings Head Coach Bud Grant's time on Twitter.

The member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Canadian Football Hall of Fame told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press that he worked with friends to launch the @HPBudGrant handle to create publicity for a garage sale.

The sale will open to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday (Grant's 88th birthday) and continue 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Grant told Tomasson he plans to shut down the account after the garage sale at his 8134 Oakmere Drive, Bloomington residence.

"I opened it out of necessity," Grant told the Pioneer Press. "I was looking at the want ads in your paper, and nobody buys the paper for the want ads anymore. So I had to find a way to advertise and get out the word."

Grant told Tomasson this is the 10th sale he's had in 20 years, but plenty of Vikings memorabilia and apparel, as well as hunting and fishing gear will be available. He said proceeds will be distributed to family members.

"Last year was so good, it's back by popular demand," Grant said. "The quality of merchandise is very good. There will be lots of Vikings stuff. I'm also selling decoys and fishing rods and guns and hunting equipment."

The Twitter account was launched May 1, and Grant gained more than 5,300 followers in less than three full weeks.

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