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LINO LAKES, Minn. (WCCO) — The Minnesota Lynx season has ended and the Timberwolves are on a lockout, but that didn’t stop them from coming together for a good cause.

On Wednesday, more than 100 volunteers made up of Wolves and Lynx office staff, season ticket holders and sponsors helped clean up the Joseph E. Wargo Nature Center in Lino Lakes.

The Wargo Nature Center is one of the most popular in the state, drawing about 50,000 kids and their families each year.

“Today would have been the start of our season,” said Timberwolves President Chris Wright. “We would have been in training camps and playing preseason games at this point. Obviously, due to the work stoppage, we want to still connect with the community.”

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Edgar Linares Reports

Using rakes and trash bags, groups blazed through the woods spreading mulch and removing trash.

The group teamed up with HandsOn Twin Cities to have a positive impact on the environment and to motivate youth.

“Obviously the last couple of weeks have been so crazy with the playoffs,” said Conrad Smith, Lynx Chief Operations Officer. “But just to get outside and get some fresh air means a lot.”

For the Wolves, it’s a break from the stress of waiting around to see what happens with the NBA lockout.

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