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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.


Youth once again served, this time by Minnesota Timberwolves

It's probably time to create a keyboard shortcut — Ctrl+Shift+M, something to the effect of "one of the youngest coaches/executives in the game today" —…


Something special is shaping up for Twins

There is an increasing expectation the Twins are creating that every night might produce a victory — and a lopsided one at that, as we saw this weekend in Seattle and plenty of other times this year.


Most impactful new Twins player? You have a long list to choose from

An injection of talent and new ideas has fueled the Twins to a hot start and one of the best records in MLB. It might be hard to pick just one, but let's try: Which new addition to the Twins has made the biggest impact in 2019?


Lynx top draft pick Collier goes from All-America to wide-eyed rookie

And as much as her new teammates are learning about her, first-round draft choice Napheesa Collier is learning even more about them — and about life in the WNBA.


It's NHL's turn to review replay

It was hockey's turn for a controversial no-call in a playoff game, after football experienced it earlier this year.


Wolves' bad luck not as awful as it seems

On Tuesday night, for the 12th time in their history out of 22 NBA lotteries, the Wolves moved down from their pre-drawing slot. They have…


Do Lynx have right players to develop a three-point attack?

As the rest of the WNBA was gravitating toward shots beyond the arc during recent seasons, the Lynx were sticking with an offense built around two-pointers.


St. Thomas has unlikely ally in fight to stay in MIAC

In the fascinating, escalating story of conference power St. Thomas' possible ouster from the MIAC, the Tommies seemingly have few allies. The latest piece of…


Good trades are all in the timing

Here's an interesting case study involving three popular former or current Twin Cities athletes who are quite similar in many ways.


Twins might be a reality show

"Are the Twins for real?" is a question you have probably asked or tried to answer this spring.My stock answer is still that the lineup…