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Founder of central Minnesota Moondance Jam festival dies

Bill Bieloh, founder of the popular Moondance Jam near Walker, Minn., has died. No details were available Friday morning.

Bieloh conceived the music festival in 1992 as a way to promote the riding stables he and his wife, Kathy, own. The event got off to a modest start that first year by featuring a roster of regional bands.

The following message was posted on the Moondance Jam website Friday morning:

"Our sadness is beyond words. Bill Bieloh passed away in the early morning hours of Friday September 24th. A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, September 28th at the Moondance fairgrounds. Please keep his wife Kathy, son Jonathan and daughter Briony in your thoughts and prayers. Additional details will be posted when available."