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Baseball: Minot added, Thunder Bay returns to Northwoods League

The two additions gives the summer wood-bat league 24 franchises

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Welcome the Minot Hot Tots and the return of the Thunder Bay Border Cats.
The Northwoods League announced Friday the addition of the two franchises for the 2023 summer wood-bat league season.
"As the Northwoods League enters its 30th year, we as a league are looking forward to having all of our affiliates be a part of the 2023 season," said Northwoods League president Ryan Voz in a statement. Voz is also co-owner of the Willmar Stingers.
"This is a milestone as the Northwoods League will celebrate 30 years of providing family entertainment across the upper Midwest in 23 different locations with 24 teams."

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Minot is a new franchise. The general manager will be Monica Blake and the field manager is Mitch Gallagher. Both have ties to the Bismarck Larks franchise.
Thunder Bay has not played the past three seasons, mostly because of restrictions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
"The Northwoods League continues to expand its footprint in Minot (N.D.) while also welcoming back Thunder Bay after a three-year hiatus," Voz said.
The league also announced that there will be two all-star games in 2023 with the Bismarck Larks hosting the Plains Division game and the Traverse City (Mich.) Pit Splitters playing host to the Lakes Division game.

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