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Green Bay officials made an interesting and aggressive move Tuesday by holding a promotional tour stop in Hudson, Wis. As most Upper Midwesterners know, Hudson is only a couple interstate exits away from the Minnesota state line and in many ways has become a suburb of St. Paul. I'd say it's 45 minutes, tops, from the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
But it's obviously border territory for the marketing arms of two NFC North teams. According to Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune, tickets for Tuesday's event sold out the first day they were available. About 1,000 Packers fans flocked to Hudson to visit with team president Mark Murphy, safety Nick Collins, receiver Jordy Nelson and linebacker Brady Poppinga.
Murphy found himself answering questions about the organization's relationship with retired quarterback Brett Favre, who apparently is mulling a trip across the border himself. (Murphy reiterated that the Packers will retire Favre's number one day, according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.)
More interesting than the Favre issue, however, was the Packers' efforts to mobilize western Wisconsin. Reusse reports it's the first time they have visited Hudson in such a formal way. I'm guessing it won't be the last.
Continuing around the NFC North: