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The Insider: Former BBE star receives Northern Sun honor

Minnesota State University Moorhead senior Heidi Lensing of Belgrade has received the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Honor Student-Athlete Award, announced this week by the conference office.

Lensing surpassed 1,000 career kills as a senior after 306 this past fall, second-highest total on the Dragons. She also supplied 231 digs, 18 service ages, 12 assists and 49 blocks (9 solo).

She tallied 356 kills as a freshman in 2009 during her prolific career following an illustrious prep career at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, which included three state appearances and a school record 1,070 kills.

The business administration major was named to the NSIC Fall All-Academic Team. She also received the Honor Student-Athlete Award her junior year.

Gopher Road Trip coming to Willmar on June 17

Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague, broadcaster Mike Grimm and select Gopher head coaches will appear in Willmar as part of the Gopher Road Trip on June 17.

The event will be at the Willmar American Legion at 11:30 a.m.

Fans can register for the free event at

For more information contact Gopher fan relations at or 1-800-846-7437.

Wild move AHL team from Houston to Des Moines

The Minnesota Wild are moving their primary minor league team to Iowa.

The Wild made the long-anticipated announcement Thursday that their American Hockey League affiliate will relocate from Houston to Des Moines, starting next season.

Wild chief operating officer Matt Majka says the organization was unable to agree on terms of a new arena lease at the Toyota Center in Houston. The Aeros have been the Wild’s top minor league club in the 30-team AHL since 2001.

Des Moines is about a 3½-hour drive from the Twin Cities.

Former Twin Matt Lawton arrested

Former professional baseball player Matt Lawton is being held without bond in a pending case involving an apparent family matter.

The Sun-Herald reports the 41-year-old Lawton, of Gulfport, was arrested April 11 and remained in custody Thursday at the Harrison County jail.

The case is sealed. The complaint was filed in a Harrison County Chancery Court division that handles family disputes, child support and child custody issues.

It was not immediately known whether Lawton has an attorney.

Lawton’s career spanned 15 years, including 12 seasons in the major league and two appearances as an All-Star. The Minnesota Twins drafted him in 1991 and he stayed with the organization for seven years. He also played for the Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates and Seattle Mariners before retiring in 2006.

— Associated Press/Staff reports