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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.


The Twins paid Josh Donaldson. What should that mean for Buxton?

The Twins doled out $92 million guaranteed over four seasons for an aging corner infielder with an injury history. By that standard, RandBall says ponying up for Buxton should be an easy call.


Twins got a lot of value in two pitchers received in Cruz trade

Once the emotion of trading away a very popular and productive player wears off, we're left with the fact that the Twins got a lot in return for a player on an expiring contract.


Three reasons to love (and not love) Ben Simmons if you're the Wolves

He's among the most polarizing players in the NBA right now. Should the Wolves get heavily involved in trade talks for Ben Simmons?


White Sox rookie at heart of Twins controversy hints at quitting baseball

Yermin Mercedes hit a homer on a 3-and-0 pitch from Willians Astudillo in a May blowout against the Twins. Since then, he's been demoted to the minors and says he's now "stepping aside form baseball indefinitely."


It's a prove-it year for Wild, Guerin following Parise and Suter buyouts

We'll learn a lot about the path forward from the 2021-22 season, after which a lot more difficult decisions will loom for the organization.


Rodgers reportedly declines Packers contract offer, raising questions

If we are in the battle-of-public-opinion stage of the war between the sides, that can't be good for the Packers. Another interesting ESPN report is adding to the mix.


RandBall: If Twins want to maximize value, they should trade Jose Berrios

Baseball's economic system is set up in a way that Berrios is the perfect candidate to be traded — and that's exactly what the Twins should do with him.


The Bucks: A Wisconsin team even a Minnesotan can love. But why?

Minnesota fans have a well-known hatred for almost all things Wisconsin sports. So why do the Milwaukee Bucks appear to be an exception to the traditional border-battering?


Minnesota coaches on the hot seat: A ranking of coolest to warmest

A look at six pro coaches reveals two pretty distinct tiers — and some questions beyond that.


Vikings' 2021 success hinges on QB play — but not their own

At this point, we know what to expect from Kirk Cousins. We have no idea what to expect from other quarterbacks in the NFC North.