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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.


Twins in prime position to break playoff drought after deadline deals

Derek Falvey and Thad Levine made considerable upgrades while other AL Central contenders stood still. All you can guarantee is a chance, and the Twins did that.


Vikings expect a big year from their kicker. What could go wrong?

This is a tale about distancing yourself from the past, which is a tough thing for Vikings fans to do. In the case of the team's kicking game, after all, old scars run deep.


First-place Twins in dilemma of their own making as trade deadline nears

Twins decision-makers seemed unsure of what to make of their team before the season started. More than 100 games later, the same is true.


How do high school athletes watch sports? Let's hear from them

We asked several of the top high school athletes how they consume sports. Their answers were as interesting as they were varied.


'A Slap Shot in Time': Celebrating old-time hockey in Minnesota

A new book gives a fuller exploration of the Minnesota Fighting Saints and the connection to the beloved hockey movie "Slap Shot."


Karl-Anthony Towns: 'I wanted to take the harder route'

The Timberwolves star was in a reflective mood recently after signing a massive four-year contract extension. Staying in Minnesota separates KAT from some other NBA stars who are perceived as 'ring chasers.'


Weird NFC North day: Aaron Rodgers as Nicolas Cage; Bears want a dome?

Welcome back to football season. Did you miss it? Even without any actual football taking place, there was plenty to chew on around the division today.


Sano and Buxton: Last chance for Twins' 'duo of the future?'

The two players are linked in the minds of many fans. While Byron Buxton now feels like a long-term fixture, Miguel Sano's return from injury could represent their last chance to do something special together


Karl-Anthony Towns declares 'championship or bust' for Timberwolves

The veteran center talked for the first time after he got a supermax contract extension and the team traded for big man Rudy Gobert.


What happens now? Five second-half predictions for the Twins

Will everything the Twins do add up to a division title, or were the first 94 games a mirage? Thoughts about trades, who needs to go big and a look at when the AL Central will have a winner.