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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.

Big Ten's return to football plan being tested. How's it going?

Note: When the Big Ten announced on Sept. 16 it was planning to play a nine-game football season, the Star Tribune ran a series…

Local teams, media outlets launch Home Teams vs. Hunger

One in eight Minnesotans do not know where their next meal is coming from.

Ten things to know about the return of Big Ten football

Plenty of questions remain unanswered, but information released by the Big Ten and a conference call with leaders Wednesday shed light on the plan. Here is what we know:

Six things to know about Gophers sports cuts

Gophers men's track and field, men's gymnastics and men's tennis were cut Thursday. Here are questions and answers about the decision and aftermath.

Tafoya's riddle: Being a sideline reporter when you're banned from the field

The football season ahead for longtime Twin Cities resident Michele Tafoya seems less like a test and more like an impossible riddle as she prepares for a season of Sunday Night Football on NBC.

Timberwolves' Gersson Rosas on landing the No. 1 pick and what's next

Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve speaks out on WNBA's social justice efforts

Lynx head coach and GM Cheryl Reeve talks with Michael Rand about the importance of advocating for change.

Twins announce Wednesday is Bert Blyleven's final game in TV booth

Hall of Famer had been an analyst since 1996.

St. Thomas AD Phil Esten tells the story behind school's Division I change

Lynx game among 14 called off as players in 4 leagues walk out

The Milwaukee Bucks started the unprecedented day in sports when they decided not to take the floor for their afternoon playoff game. All WNBA and NBA games, as well as some in baseball and soccer, were called off later.