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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.


Would Gersson Rosas still make Wiggins (plus pick) for Russell swap?

On Thursday's Daily Delivery podcast, Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas was asked that question. Given what's potentially at stake with the draft pick the Wolves will give up, it doesn't seem like an easy answer.


Never too early to panic. Bad start deals blow to Twins playoff chances.

The problem with starting 11-17, even if you feel you're better than your record indicates, is having to overachieve just to get back to even a modest winning pace.


Case closed: Give the NHL's top rookie award to Wild's Kaprizov

His all-around excellence should leave no doubt about who should get the Calder Trophy, even if some hold his age and previous experience in Russia against him.


In messy Packers situation, Aaron Rodgers is part of the problem

Packers management seems intent on aggravating Rodgers at every turn. But here's why the star quarterback deserves a share of the blame for the mess in Green Bay.


Wolves roster review: Who's part of the future? Who's likely to be gone?

Look at the players on the roster and you can divide them into categories ranging from core members to trade bait to likely to be gone. Here's a breakdown of who fits where.


Bench Cousins? Now the Vikings have a different and viable option

The moment Kirk Cousins struggles for the first time in 2021 — as all players, even the best ones, do — there will be a different feeling with rookie Kellen Mond on the sidelines.


Draft pick value chart shows realistic paths for Vikings to move up

Their trade Thursday didn't get them into the second round, but it gave them the draft equity to do that on Friday if they want.


Report: QB Rodgers 'disgruntled,' doesn't want to return to Packers

The news from ESPN's Adam Schefter certainly will liven up a busy time in the NFL offseason, and will certainly be a hot topic during tonight's NFL draft coverage.


Buxton, Cruz have been let down so far by their Twins teammates

There have been too many near-automatic outs in the lineup, killing rallies and damaging the Twins' hopes — particularly in close games so far this season.


Will the successor to Kirk Cousins emerge from this year's draft?

Drafting a quarterback in the middle rounds has made sense for years now, even if the Vikings haven't done it. In the 2021 draft, it's time for it to happen.