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Fargo man to sing National Anthem at College World Series

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Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo man is bringing his singing skills to Omaha, under the bright lights of the College World Series.

Mark Lindquist has already wowed our region with his voice singing for Fargo Star, the FM Redhawks, and UND Men's Hockey.

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Now, he'll get the chance to sing the National Anthem in front of more than 30,000 people.

Mark Lindquist-Singing At College World Series: "It's just fun."

The warm-up is all part of the game for Fargo's Mark Lindquist.

Lindquist: "Me with a top hat and a tuxedo; that's how I roll."

Just like the walk to the mound, the pre-performance rituals...

Lindquist: "Just don't forget the words, right? Because you don't want to be that guy."

And the road to discovering his singing style.

Lindquist: "It's Frank Sinatra. I love the Crooner tune, the Rat Pack, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra. So I'm the Asian Sinatra and that's what I bring to the table."

Now Lindquist has the chance to bring his musical act to the biggest stage yet.

Lindquist: "Come on, how do you get a better gig than that?"

Scoring a spot to sing the National Anthem at the College World Series.

Lindquist: "I wouldn't say that I'm nervous. I've been singing this song for 15 years and it's kind of my specialty."

When he doesn't have a mic in his hand, Lindquist makes his mark motivational speaking, emceeing, he's even served our country in Afghanistan.

But this is his driving force.

Lindquist: "Especially through music, you can touch lives and change people because music has this power to bring people back to a time and a place like nothing else."

So the opportunity to take his talents from small town Fargo to the biggest game in college baseball...

Lindquist: "To be able to go after your big goals, chase your big dreams, and follow your passion. So that's what I do when I sing."

Is a walk-off; an end to a great achievement, but the start to even more.

Lindquist: "Land of the free, home of the brave, I hope people stand up and hoot and holler and cheer because we're honoring the country."

Lindquist will sing at the semi-final game on June 20th... He will also be performing at the Twins and Yankees game July 5th, and was just named the full-time National Anthem singer for UND's Men's Hockey team.

By the time he's done performing this year, Lindquist will have sung in front of half-a-million people.

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Kay Cooley
Kay Cooley came to WDAY 6 News in September of 2012. She was born in a suburb of Chicago then made her home in Hershey, PA. Kay graduated from Northwestern University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. At Northwestern, Kay was a member of the Division I Women’s Swim Team and a reporter for the Northwestern News Network on campus. Before coming to WDAY, Kay was working for KVRR in Fargo and interned at ABC27 in Harrisburg, PA. When she’s not out in the field reporting, Kay enjoys being active and spending time with friends and family. If you have story ideas, questions or just want to say hello, feel free to email Kay at kcooley@wday.com.
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