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Digital sports editor | StarTribune.com

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.


Will offensive line be better? That's still biggest question with Vikings

A North Score Sunday debate: The most pressing question facing Vikings in training camp is ...


Tweet by Indians' account leads to little dust-up

Twitter is either the greatest and most important communication advancement of this era or the worst thing in the world that should be shut down…


Minnesota Wild may have been better off standing pat

When Wild General Manager Paul Fenton embarked on a roster shake-up in the middle of last season, the intent seemed clear on two fronts: 1)…


Minnesota Timberwolves haul home big stack of chips from Las Vegas

Las Vegas re-branded itself sometime in my early adult life as a 21-plus paradise of debauchery and excess — punctuated by one of the all-time…


Hey Twins fans, winning two out of three games at Cleveland is good

And kudos to Trevor Bauer for being able to joke about giving up five consecutive home runs to Max Kepler.


Wolves appear to be positioning themselves foe 2020-21 splash

A popular social media conceit making the rounds very recently goes something like this: Your 2020 campaign slogan is the last text you sent.(Mine is…


Home run derby can leave players powerless in second half

You can think of a curse as some sort of supernatural phenomenon foisted on a person or entity as a result of a perceived transgression…


Gophers hope all-season pass hits target

In a sign of the times related to both the big-picture sports landscape and the realities of its own attendance challenges, the Gophers athletic department…


Good thing? NBA superstars driving deals to form more super teams

A player-driven league is empowering in many good ways, but it is starting to feel like the lever has been pulled too far in one direction in terms of competitive balance.


Travel debate: Cost vs. comfort

It's the kind of nightmare travel story that a friend or colleague might tell you. But this one happened to a professional team at the…