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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.


Twins pitcher Randy Dobnak remains undefeated vs. Twitter foes

Dobnak improved to 1-0 this week, albeit it was against a troll on social media than than an opponent on the field. Here's what happened.


When your job is talking sports, what do you talk about now?

Twin Cities radio and TV personalities are adjusting to life without sports, listening to their audiences and trying to stay safe.


Business as unusual: Being a sports fan during a pandemic

Yes, the sports world has gone dark at the start of what would have been one of the most active periods in American sports. The fun is gone. But what's also gone are millions upon millions of interactions in the midst of a pandemic.


Minnesota fans suddenly have nothing to watch, tickets they can't use

A mixture of disappointment and understanding seems to be theme for many — along with a side of "what happens now to my tickets?"


Can't blame small crowds at Gophers hockey playoff games on preps

A year ago, when the Gophers men's hockey team hosted a first-round Big Ten playoff series for the first time since the format changed in…


Will Favre history replay in Rodgers' career?

Is it time for the Packers to start thinking about their future QB again? It's not out of the question.


Tuesday was a rare Wolves-Wild double-win night

The teams win on the same night even less than should be expected.


These stars rose from the ashes of failed regimes

Kevin Fiala's ascent as one of the Wild's best and most promising players has turned into a victory lap in absentia for former general manager…


Is another growth spurt for Gophers football coming?

Succeeding where others have failed is the job description of most head coaches, but particularly Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck.He accomplished a measure of that…


Analytics support Wolves' claim they aren't tanking

There is a difference between actively trying to lose and having it be the more or less natural byproduct of rebuilding.