It’s hard to believe, but it’s already winter state tournament season in Minnesota high school sports. Just last week, state champions were crowned at the State Dance Competition at Target Center as well as the State Alpine and Nordic Ski Championships at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik, Minn.
When the snow is piled so high that your neighborhood is almost unrecognizable, why not grab your friends and pile on. While the kids built snow forts and had snowball fights in one Champlin neighborhood, the adults worked by clearing sidewalks and driveways. Katie Matzke says the milder temperatures make this storm much easier to endure. “Today is just great. The kids can get out and have so much fun in the snow, and get some of their wiggles out, whereas before when it was so cold they couldn’t even go outside,” Matzke said. “I mean, it was just plain too dangerous.
Friends gathered for a candlelight vigil at the Maple Grove Arboretum Saturday night to remember the two people killed after a high-speed chase on Highway 212 last week. Police shot and killed 36-year-old Matthew Serbus of Brooklyn Center and 34-year-old Dawn Pfister of Delavan, Wis. Their deaths followed a chase with police though Eden Prairie on Highway 212 on Feb. 7. “It’s just really shocking,” said Serbus’ friend Sarah Higgins. “You never think that’s going to happen to someone you know.”
February is a great time of year to be a high school sports fan in Minnesota. Every week, there’s a big match-up somewhere putting talented teams against each other with a lot on the line. This weekend, remaining girls hockey teams vie for a trip to state in various section championship games.
The University of Minnesota Duluth Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has set up a fund in memory of former Bulldog softball player Mandy Matula. The UMD Softball 1 Four Mandy Matula Fund was established in partnership with Matula’s family. The fund will provide financial support for the Bulldog softball program. Matula was a starting pitcher and utility player with the Bulldogs from the 2007 through 2010 seasons.
The two people who were killed after leading police on a high-speed chase through Eden Prairie, Minn. were also suspects in an earlier auto theft case, according to criminal complaints.
Two days later, questions remain about why the two people led police on a high-speed chase in Eden Prairie during the Friday morning rush hour — and whether it was a possible hostage situation.
The identities of the two suspects killed in Friday morning’s police chase-turned deadly shootout have been released. According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office, the deaths of Matthew Vincent Serbus, 36, and Dawn Marie Pfister, 34, have been ruled as homicides, with multiple gunshot wounds listed as the cause of death for both. The duo were killed after a police standoff in Eden Prairie at Highway 101 near Dell Road, which began as a high-speed chase in Chaska on Highway 212.
What began as a routine morning commute Friday down Highway 212 to Chanhassen quickly turned into a bizarre and dangerous scene.
The Minnesota Vikings have finalized their assistants under new coach Mike Zimmer, including special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, the target of a discrimination complaint by one of his former players.
More than 100 Republicans from Eden Prairie and Minnetonka are gathered for party caucuses and got wooed by some of the party’s leading candidates for statewide office.
Mike Grant is one of the most successful high school football coaches in the history of Minnesota. He now has one more big award to add to his list. Grant was named the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year on Friday.
It’s a big time for high school sports all across the state as we close January. Regular seasons are coming to the back stretch in basketball, hockey and wrestling, which means the postseason is just around the corner. Conference races are taking shape, and every game seems to mean more as teams push for their league titles and home playoff games.
It’s the coldest time of the year to be outside as we’re often stuck in subzero temperatures and painfully freezing wind chills. As cold as it is outside, things are heating up in high school gyms and hockey rinks all over the state. We are in the grind of the conference season all across Minnesota.
The Minnesota Vikings announced Wednesday they hired Mike Zimmer to be the team’s ninth head coach, but it was official Friday morning when he signed his contract. Zimmer, along with team officials, held his introductory news conference Friday morning at Winter Park in Eden Prairie.