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Iowa Fans Mob Boy Band Hanson

June 21, 2000

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ More than 500 screaming, sobbing fans _ mostly adolescent girls _ packed Merle Hay Mall to see Hanson, the trio of teen-age brothers promoting their new album, ``This Time Around.″

Some arrived as early as 6 a.m. for the Tuesday afternoon concert, hoping to be among the first 107 in line to get a wristband allowing them to meet the band.

``We waited seven hours,″ said Renee Oehlerking, 14, of Des Moines.

Hanson _ Isaac, 19, Taylor, 17, and Zac, 14 _ became a hit in 1997 with their first album, ``Middle of Nowhere,″ which included the pop song ``MMMbop.″

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