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Vikings Wish a Happy 96th Birthday to Sid Hartman

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. –Long-respected columnist Sid Hartman is most comfortable behind a spiraled notepad and dated cassette recorder, often highlighting the Vikings through his work with the Star Tribune.

The Vikings turned the tables Tuesday, making Hartman the guest of honor on his 96th birthday.

Vikings coaches and staff gathered in the Winter Park cafeteria to welcome Hartman, who received a standing ovation and plenty of applause upon entering.

After a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday," someone prompted Hartman to give a speech.

"I have this to say – I love the Vikings," Hartman said. "I'd do anything for the Vikings."

Hartman added: "I'm embarrassed by this [attention]. I don't deserve it."

"Yes you do," responded Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer, smiling. "Now let's eat some cake."

Hartman, who penned his first column for the Minneapolis Daily Times on Sept. 11, 1945, has been writing about Minnesota sports for seven decades. He's recognized in locker rooms, stadiums and sidelines across the state, and it seems he has no plans to stop writing.

After all, Hartman loves his job.

Here are some other reactions and birthday wishes from the Twin Cities sports world:

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