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Reusse: Johnson playing it slow and steady amid dismal Gophers season

Dealing with a depleted roster and an ongoing reset, Gophers men's basketball coach Ben Johnson is staying calm and aiming for a sustainable program.


Reusse: For Hockey Day in White Bear, the name Bill Butters always pops up

A standout in football and hockey, Butters played for the Gophers, Fighting Saints and North Stars.


Reusse: A long road from Gagliardi's shadow to Coach of the Year

Steve Johnson had to be convinced to take the coaching job at Bethel in 1989. He gradually grew the program into a big winner and was named Division III coach of the year by his peers.


Reusse: At Wirth Park's Trailhead for skiers, 'wildest dreams' are realized

Built up for a World Cup event that didn't happen, it gets heavy use by the cross-country set.


Reusse: Trade of batting craftsman Arraez doesn't sit well

Pitching might be expensive, but dealing the popular AL batting champion won't help the team field a more effective lineup.


The last time Minnesota scored so few points? It was 72 years ago

Indiana stalled, the Gophers watched and a 1951 game produced a total of 58 points as a battle of stubborn coaches played out. fans booed, cheered . . . and sang.


Reusse: Gobert deal nears worst-trade territory for Timberwolves

We watched Walker Kessler own Monday afternoon at Target Center and, well, maybe Charles Barkley isn't far off in calling the Wolves' dealing for Rudy Gobert "the worst trade."


Reusse: Football gods tried once more, then gave up on the Vikings

Perhaps a pair of absurd decisions — a play call too silly, a pass too short — cost the Vikings their divine support.


Reusse: A boxer fought for his life at HCMC while the rest of the world moved on

On Dec. 2, a brief video was posted with Aidos Yerbossynuly of Kazakhstan dressed and ready to head to the airport and fly home.


Reusse: No need to revisit 'Giants 41, Vikings 0' — except for this story

In the middle of a stunning game Jan. 14, 2001, no one around here likes to recall, a stunning moment two Vikings fans will never forget.