Blogs

(credit: CBS)

Prep Blog: Previewing Last Year’s 6A State Football Field

It’s a new year in Minnesota high school football with scheduling. Conferences are gone, and now schedules are done regionally. It’s a combined effort to keep games competitive but at the same time, limit traveling expenses for schools. So instead of previewing districts this year, here is a look at how Class 6A could shake out based on last year’s state tournament teams.

07/31/2015

(credit: Amy Rea)

Wander Minnesota: More Than Just A Ball of Twine

If you’ve been in Minnesota for any length of time, surely you’ve heard of the giant ball of twine in Darwin. While there are various contenders for the title of “largest twine ball” in the U.S., the one in Darwin is generally considered to be the largest ever wound by one person.

07/15/2015

(credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Twins Blog: Homestand Notes – All Star Break Edition

The Twins just finished a successful seven-game homestand, going 6-1 against the Orioles and Tigers and now begin a well-deserved break from the grind of the season as the All Star break is upon us.

07/12/2015

(credit: Jupiter Images)

Wander Minnesota: Fourth of July Weekend

The Fourth of July is this Saturday and not surprisingly, it looks like many communities are going to have festivities all weekend. Besides the usual community fireworks and parades, there’s a lot to choose from around the state. If your Fourth of July plans take you out of the metro, you’ll find plenty to do. Here’s a sampling.

06/29/2015

(credit: CBS)

Prep Blog: Top Seniors Play In All-Star Football Game Saturday

High school football is at its best on Friday nights in the fall, but a game Saturday afternoon in St. Cloud is giving Minnesota’s graduated seniors one more chance to step on the field as prep athletes.

06/26/2015

(credit: Haley Staffon/St. Thomas)

Tommies Blog: St. Thomas Ranked No. 18 In Preseason Poll

The St. Thomas football program has returned from its nearly two-week trip to Italy to play football and take part in community service. It didn’t take long for the first “way too early” poll to come out ahead of the 2015 season. A poll released by The Sporting News Magazine has the Tommies ranked No. 18 nationally in Division III.

06/22/2015

(credit: CBS)

Prep Blog: Spring State Champions At A Glance

School is out, the sun is out and summer is here. It officially starts on Father’s Day, but for high school athletes, the spring came to an end both late last week and on Monday as the state’s spring champions were crowned across various sports.

06/19/2015

(credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Twins Blog: Homestand Notes

It was a rough homestand for the Twins. 1-5 isn’t exactly what they had in mind after finding themselves in 1st place in the division. Now they find themselves heading on a road trip trailing the Royals by two games.

06/10/2015

(credit: CBS)

Prep Blog: Previewing The State Baseball Tournament

It’s starting to feel like summer with the sun out and daily highs getting into the 80s. That also translates to perfect baseball weather. It couldn’t come at a better time as the state’s top high school teams travel across various sites in Minnesota for their perspective state tournaments.

06/10/2015

(credit: Scott Riemenschneider/New Richmond, WI)

Lauren’s Science Corner: Circumhorizontal Arc

Viewers in western Wisconsin today observed a unique atmospheric phenomenon: a circumhorizontal arc! Casually called a ‘fire rainbow,’ it occurs in summer-time as the sun must be high in the sky, at an angle of 58 degrees or higher.

06/06/2015

(credit: CBS)

Prep Blog: A Hodgepodge Of Spring Playoff Action

State tournaments are in action in boys tennis and girls softball. Add the boys and girls state track and field meet at Hamline University this weekend to the mix. Next week, baseball, boys and girls golf and lacrosse take center stage across the state.

06/04/2015

(credit: Destination Duluth)

Guy On A Bike: Help Spirit Mountain Win $100K for MTB Trails

Bell Helmets will soon award $100K to fund a trailbuilding project, and Duluth’s Spirit Mountain Bike Park is among the finalists. Now the project needs your vote to win the cash.

06/01/2015

(credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Twins Blog: Homestand Notes

Another homestand for the Minnesota Twins is in the books, and the pattern of home field success continues. This six-gamer saw the Twins accomplish something they hadn’t done since 2006, and afforded them a view of the division they hadn’t had since 2013.

05/31/2015

(credit: Jupiter Images)

Prep Blog: Section Baseball Playoffs In Full Swing

We have a state tournament field set in boys tennis for both teams and individuals in Class A and AA. The next tournament to be figured it will be in baseball, where section playoffs are well underway and state teams will be decided across Minnesota by next weekend if the weather allows.

05/29/2015

(credit: Greg Smith/St. Thomas)

Tommies Blog: St. Thomas Holds Spring Game, Preps For Italy Trip

St. Thomas football coach Glenn Caruso got a glimpse into his immediate future last weekend as his squad hosted its annual spring game. St. Thomas was actually the first Division III program to host a spring football game back in 2009, ahead of a foreign trip to Canada. It’s a contest that’s scored, but bears absolutely zero meaning as far as winning, and gives die-hard program followers a chance to see what’s ahead for the future of the program.

05/22/2015

(credit: Crystal Grobe)

Bite of Minnesota: Treats From Swedish Crown Bakery

Wouldn’t it be glorious to have treats delivered to you all of the time? Imagine my excitement when I got a text from the WCCO offices saying I had an edible package from Swedish Crown Bakery.

05/19/2015

(credit: CBS)

Guy On A Bike: With QBP It Makes Sense To Ride To Work

While you may not have heard of QBP, chances are you know its brands. Since 1981, Bloomington-based Quality Bicycle Products has been distributing bicycle parts to independent retailers around the country.

05/19/2015

(credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Twins Blog: Homestand Notes

The Twins finished a brief three-game homestand versus the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. Brief, but successful as they took two of three from Tampa.

05/17/2015

(credit: CBS)

Prep Blog: This Weekend’s Top High School Match-Ups

You don’t have to go very far to find entertaining, competitive and intense match-ups on the high school sports scene. The spring prep sports landscape will take shape over the next few weeks as we’ll have playoffs underway, if not decided, in lacrosse, softball, baseball and tennis.

05/14/2015

(credit: Jupiter Images)

Prep Blog: This Weekend’s Top High School Match-Ups

After a brief stint with some rough spring weather, the state’s high school spring sports have been back in action lately as we get ready to head to the postseason. The prep baseball, softball and golf seasons are all taking shape with a few weeks to go before we have playoff brackets and sectional play. Here’s a look at some of the big games Friday on the high school sports scene.

05/07/2015

(cerdit: Amy Rea)

Wander Minnesota: May Is Minnesota Museum Month

It’s almost May — and that means it’s Minnesota Museums Month the annual celebration of all that Minnesota has to offer in the way of museums. And that’s quite a lot. It’s a considerable bounty, with about 600 around the state.

04/28/2015

(credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Wild Blog: Wild Vs. Blackhawks Potential Start Times

With the Minnesota Wild advancing to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the most common question being asked isn’t, “Is this the year we finally beat the Chicago Blackhawks?” It’s, “When does the series start?”

04/27/2015

(credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Wild Blog: Wild Has St. Louis Singing The Blues In Series Win

The St. Louis Blues came into Game 6 knowing they needed to play their best game of the series for their season to continue. And yet it was the Minnesota Wild who played like they had no interest in going back to the “Show-Me-State” for a seventh game.

04/26/2015

(credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Wild Blog: Momentum Swings Aplenty In This Series

Momentum is a funny thing in hockey. One minute you are dominating play, keeping all the action in the offensive zone. The next, a puck is deflecting off a goaltenders glove into the net and momentum starts to slowly go away.

04/25/2015

(credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Prep Blog: Tyus Jones Ready For Leap To NBA

This time last year, Jones was preparing to graduate and had already signed a letter of intent to attend Duke and play basketball. I’m sure many people thought Jones would have success immediately at Duke, but nobody could have predicted what he would accomplish in his freshman season with the Blue Devils.

04/24/2015

more