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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 Karl-Anthony Towns, Justin Jefferson and Kevin Fiala get contracts?

Three big contract questions — two of them facing the newest decisionmakers in town — will come to a head soon.


Buxton's slump is a reminder that it's all about sample size

It was just 10 days ago that Byron Buxton was sporting an OPS over 1.000. And it was nine days ago when he last got a hit. So what's up with 'the best player in the world?'


What did new Wolves president Tim Connelly accomplish in Denver?

The Timberwolves made their biggest non-player splash in six years Monday. Fans can only hope this move turns out better than the last one — the hiring of Tom Thibodeau.


It's almost June, and Twins reliever Joe Smith finally gave up a run

The "transactions" section on Twins reliever Joe Smith's Baseball Reference page takes longer to read than it does to watch a typical Smith outing.


Playoffs add another dimension to Wolves' Wiggins-for-Russell deal

The Wolves could use the current version of Andrew Wiggins, but would that have been possible in Minnesota?


Reflections on the journey of a lifetime. Bud Grant at 95

The legendary Vikings coach is 95 years old today, a milestone made even more impressive because he cheated death at age 29.


In praise of Polanco, the Twins' most productive everyday player

Jorge Polanco has been a fixture in the lineup since 2019. With rest and recovery part of the discussion these days, Polanco's durability (in addition to his performance) stands out.


Mock draft: A Magic reunion for Minnehaha stars Suggs, Holmgren?

Orlando has landed the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. Will they use the pick to reunited former Minnehaha Academy stars Jalen Suggs and Chet Holmgren? And what will the Wolves do?


Kevin Fiala is very good for the Wild, but he's not irreplaceable

The Wild will be faced with a tough decision on Fiala this offseason. The most likely outcome is that he leaves.


Prediction: Game-by-game path leads to 10-win season for Vikings

The schedule came out late last week, and after digesting it for a while, there is a lot to like for the Vikings.