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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.


How is it possible that Wolves fans are still complaining? Blame our brains.

One of the most moribund franchises in American sports history is suddenly playing phenomenal basketball. That doesn't mean Timberwolves fans are suddenly satisfied.


Patrick Reusse on Twins payroll — and ready for Caitlin Clark mania

Columnist Patrick Reusse is down in Florida for Twins spring training and remains concerned about the team's pitching staff. And he's also keeping watch on Clark's arrival in Minnesota.


Daily Delivery: On Max Exsted's global tennis pursuit

Jeff Day of the Star Tribune joins Michael Rand to discuss his story on Max Exsted, a 16-year-old from Savage who is one of the best junior tennis players in the world.


Hot seat to Coach of the Year? The case for honoring Ben Johnson.

The Gophers won just six Big Ten games in Ben Johnson's first two seasons, and his team was predicted to finish last this year. Instead, Minnesota's success is fueling talk that Johnson should be honored by the conference.


Hot hoops: Gophers improve NCAA chances, Wolves battle for No. 1 seed

Host Michael Rand welcomed NBA writer Chris Hine on the podcast to talk about the best team in the Western Conference as play resumes. The Gophers, meanwhile, earned a revenge win over Ohio State.


Speculation season: What national voices say about Cousins, Vikings

We're trapped between the end of the NFL season and the start of free agency. It's speculation season, and the Vikings are right in the middle of it all.


How big is that bubble? Are Gophers really an NCAA tournament team?

College basketball writer Marcus Fuller joins host Michael Rand for a check-in before tonight's Ohio State game. Also, Rand doesn't like a message the Twins are sending, or what could happen to baseball and softball at U.S. Bank Stadium.


Now the best Gophers teams can compete in College Football Playoff

Reasons to be down on the Gophers' place in college football abound. But let's look at one positive: a 12-team College Football Playoff leaves room for programs like Minnesota.


La Velle E. Neal III talks Twins, Vikings and Loons

What do we think of Minnesota United's pursuit of a head coach? How much should the Twins try to go after high-profile free agents who are still on the market? What can't the Vikings ignore?


Who's had a better second year with Wolves: Gobert or Connelly?

After a disastrous first season, it's been the complete opposite in year two for Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert and President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly.