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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.

Wolves and Wild had nearly identical starts, but how will they finish?

Both teams have 11 wins through 22 games. Are either — or both — on a path to make the playoffs?

Even with 9-2 record, Vikings' identity is stuffed with intangibles

Head coach Kevin O'Connell talked this week about how teams should know their strengths at this point in the season. Discerning the Vikings' strengths is still a work in progress.

Vikings' Peterson picks up the pace in feud with ex-teammate Murray

If you thought Patrick Peterson was done antagonizing his former teammate, Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, you were incorrect. "Kyler Murray don't care about nobody but Kyler Murray," Peterson said.

Oh, the agony (and relief). Watching USA hold off Iran at the World Cup

Rooting for a team that's ahead but slipping has to be the most uncomfortable feeling in sports. It's not really a fun way to live, but perhaps it's just baked into our DNA.

Whenever Towns returns, Wolves should know some things

Wolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns is going to be missing for several weeks because of an calf injury. How the Wolves fare without him will tell us a lot about how they should proceed when he returns.

Season-to-date for Vikings, Packers is an all-time shocker

The Vikings have a six game lead in the loss column over the Packers. Not even the most optimistic fan of the purple could have predicted what has transpired.

'Don't get hurt' plan is wearing thin for Vikings in three key spots

The Vikings couldn't stop the run, couldn't stop the pass and couldn't protect Kirk Cousins against Dallas. Those weren't just one-game problems, and injuries are playing a key role.

Bally app a boon for Wolves, Wild fans but Twins question looms

Twins President Dave St. Peter said of getting more fans access to the Twins on TV: "There isn't an issue that we're dealing with that's more important than that issue."

As years pass, Gophers' regret over 2022 title failure will only intensify

This was the year for P.J. Fleck's program to make a big leap and win the Big Ten West. We will understand that even more when things get much harder in the future.

Buxton says he's been cleared to run, on path for spring training

Oft-injured Twins outfielder Byron Buxton, one of several players sporting new uniforms from the team's rebrand on Friday, said he's on "Cloud Nine" now that he can resume running.