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ST. PAUL -- St. Paul's Como Zoo is now home to two recently orphaned mountain lion cubs. The cubs, who arrived at the zoo on Oct. 30, come from different areas of northern California. They are a male and female, about 8 to 12 weeks old. Mountain lions are also known as pumas or cougars.
EDINA, Minn. -- A look at Minnesota’s congressional maps shows a Republican ring nearly encircling the Twin Cities. Could this be the year Democrats break through? Democrats are banking on challengers Angie Craig and Dean Phillips — neither of whom has held political office — to win over suburban voters to the south and west of the Twin Cities. Craig is in a rematch with U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis for the 2nd District, and Phillips is trying to unseat five-term U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen in the 3rd District.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Gophers men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino gave his team four barely passing grades for its preseason performances against Creighton on Oct. 20 and in the Maroon and Gold intrasquad scrimmage Sunday. Pitino critiqued those competitions like he would a game and shared his marks on his blog: offense, C-minus; defense, D-minus; rebounding, C-minus; play without the ball, C-minus. “I wasn’t trying to be negative; I think that’s where we stand,” Pitino said Wednesday.
SEATTLE -- Jack Patera, the Vikings defensive line coach from 1969-75 and the first head coach of the expansion Seattle Seahawks in 1976, died Wednesday at his Seattle home. He was 85. Patera, who had pancreatic cancer, coached Minnesota’s legendary “Purple People Eaters” defensive line. It included hall of famers Alan Page and Carl Eller and iron man Jim Marshall.
EDMONTON, -- Mikael Granlund scored the tie-breaking goal at 14:12 of the third period as the Minnesota Wild defeated the host Edmonton Oilers 4-3 Tuesday night, Oct. 30.. Granlund's power-play goal, assisted by Eric Staal and Ryan Suter, gave the Wild their only lead of the game and helped them improve to 1-1-0 on their season-high, seven-game trip. Minnesota had a five-game winning streak snapped in a 5-2 loss Monday at Vancouver.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen has made it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Or at least the ball he caught last Sunday to set an NFL record has.
EDMONTON, Alberta — Let’s just say Wild coach Bruce Boudreau doesn’t have the best poker face. Whether it’s his face turning beet red during a game, or him scoffing at a question in a press conference, simply put, if something is bothering the coach, it’s not hard to tell. As of late, the thing that seems to be bothering him the most is his team’s putrid power play, which ranked No. 26 in the NHL entering Tuesday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.
LAKE MILLE LACS, Minn. -- The number of walleyes over 14 inches long have nearly tripled in Minnesota's Lake Mille Lacs over the past five years, the state's Department of Natural Resources revealed Tuesday, Oct. 30, an improvement that will again allow ice anglers to keep one fish daily this winter. The one-walleye limit starts Dec.1, the third winter where some walleye can be kept after a series of summers that have been catch-and-release only for all walleyes.
ST. PAUL -- On Halloween night, some brave trick-or-treaters will cautiously walk a long path leading to dark house in St. Paul. As they climb the stone steps to the front door, spotlights will suddenly flood the entryway and illuminate a large cage. Behind the bars of the cage, a massive gorilla will be pounding its chest and grunting. “Did you bring a canned good for the food shelf?” the gorilla will ask.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y., -- Tom Brady threw for 324 yards as the New England Patriots beat the Buffalo Bills 25-6 on Monday night in Orchard Park, N.Y., for their fifth consecutive win. Having averaged 39.3 points over their previous four games, the Patriots (6-2) didn't reach the end zone until James White's 1-yard touchdown plunge with just under 10 minutes remaining. Devin McCourty returned an interception 84 yards for New England's other touchdown, and Stephen Gostkowski made four field goals.