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MINNEAPOLIS -- It's official. Joe Mauer, the only player to win three straight batting titles as a catcher, will announce his retirement Sunday, Nov. 11, after 15 years in the major leagues, all of them with his hometown Minnesota Twins. There was wide speculation that Mauer, 35, would retire at the end of the 2018 season. In the final game of the season, the Twins gave Mauer the MVP treatment, complete with the first baseman making his first appearance at catcher -- for one pitch -- since 2013.
EAGAN, Minn. — After a convincing return to dominance last week against Detroit for the Minnesota Vikings defense, one of their own has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota United will play host to an international friendly match against Deportivo Saprissa, a top club in Costa Rica, at 7 p.m. July 11 at TCF Bank Stadium, the club announced Friday, June 1. “It’s exciting,” United Sporting Director Manny Lagos said in a statement. “It’s going to be a great matchup for everyone involved. We get to test ourselves against, historically, the biggest and most well-known club in Costa Rica. We are honored to be able to host Saprissa at our home stadium.”
ST. PAUL — Despite a nation-leading 11.8 percent statewide pay increase, South Dakota’s teachers continue to be among the least compensated educators in the country.
CHANHASSEN, Minn. — Prosecutors have decided to not press charges in the 2016 overdose death of pop icon Prince. Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, was 57 when found unresponsive in his estate in Chanhassen on April 21, 2016. An autopsy showed he died from an overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic drug that has caused several deaths across the Upper Midwest in the past few years. Carver County Attorney Mark Metz told the media Thursday, April 19, Prince's death was an accidental overdose.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings have finalized their preseason opponents for the 2018 season. The opening week will feature a reunion of sorts, with the Vikings traveling to Denver to face quarterback Case Keenum and the Broncos, to be played sometime between Aug. 9 and 13. Minnesota follows up with home matchups against Jacksonville (Aug. 16-20) and Seattle (Aug. 23-26), finishing with a road date at Tennessee (Aug. 30) for their final tune-up game.
MINNEAPOLIS — A hundred days out from X Games Minneapolis 2018, ESPN has announced the pinnacle of extreme sports competition will remain in the Twin Cities through the end of the decade. Already booked for this summer, Minneapolis' U.S. Bank Stadium will host the yearly event in 2019 and 2020, ESPN said Tuesday, April 10. "Following the success of the ESPN X Games in Minneapolis in 2017, we're excited to announce the X Games will stay in Minneapolis through 2020," said Melvin Tennant, executive director of Sports Minneapolis and Meet Minneapolis president and CEO.
ST. PAUL — It wasn't exactly a kumbaya moment, but Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton wrapping his arm around Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt for a selfie set a tone of congenial cooperation at the start of a Tuesday, Feb. 13, media briefing ahead of the upcoming legislative session.
MINNEAPOLIS — Curious passersby decked out in Minnesota Vikings purple gave Nick Alton's fourth grade class a puzzled look as they did a cheer for their new hero. "Who dat?" they yelled, followed by a familiar clap and a hearty "skol." The class from Rossman Elementary School in Detroit Lakes, Minn., now has two favorite teams, the locals and the New Orleans Saints, thanks to Saints punter Thomas Morstead.
MINNEAPOLIS—A 61-yard connection from Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs as time ran out gave the Minnesota Vikings a 29-24 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Jan. 14, in what will go down as the most memorable game in the U.S. Bank Stadium's short existence. While under pressure, Keenum threw off towards a streaking Diggs on the home sideline. Diggs leaped high to make the catch and used his hand to keep his balance while tip-toeing along the sideline en route to the winning score as the clock expired.