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Michael Rand is the Star Tribune's Digital Sports Senior Writer. In 20 years covering Minnesota sports at the Star Tribune, he has seen just about everything.

Rand is a North Dakota native and a graduate of the University of Minnesota. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two daughters.


Look at the long view on why the Wild traded Nino Niederreiter for Victor Rask

GM Paul Fenton is and should be keeping at least one eye on 2019-20 and beyond.


Opinions differ on fan-favorite Astudillo making Twins roster

North Score: Twins beat reporter La Velle E. Neal III and Michael Rand take a look at the case to be made for Willians Astudillo to make the Twins' roster out of spring training.


Lindsay Whalen knows how to turn things around

The prevailing wisdom in Minnesota is that everything Lindsay Whalen touches turns to gold, and there is ample evidence to support this notion.She carried the…


In three games, Wolves' Saunders offers glimpse of his coaching style

Ryan Saunders figures to be far more flexible with his rotation and playing guys for short bursts as he sees fit. Will Tyus Jones keep playing a bigger role?


North Score: Who's the Wild's most important player?

A Sunday debate with Michael Rand and Sarah McLellan.


Fixing Vikings offense has to start with the guys up front

Vikings fans have spent plenty of energy in recent days consumed by the question of who the team's offensive coordinator will be in 2019.It's an…


Wolves will have a new way of doing business

To understand the sequence of events that led to the departure of Tom Thibodeau and to sort out what we might expect from interim head…


Who will be the next coach of the Timberwolves?

The Timberwolves made a stunning move Sunday when they fired head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau. Here's a look at candidates who might replace Thibodeau permanently:


Wolves, Wild are at crossroads

Fans of both organizations should hope for one extreme or the other for the rest of the winter — either a hot streak that provides hope or a freezing cold stretch that triggers lasting change.


Top 10 story lines to watch for in Minnesota sports in 2019

Change, welcome or not, is just ahead.