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The Home Run: Today's greater Minnesota sports stories

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St. Cloud: High school officials in high demand

There's a shortage of high school officials and referees in Minnesota. For example, in the St. Cloud area, there are 70 officials for spring sports – which can be problematic on days when 25-30 sporting events are scheduled. One longtime official said the state high school league's main office may as well have a "Help Wanted" sign in front of it.

– Read more from the St. Cloud Times

Alma, WI: Rochester man snags huge sturgeon

Avery Rivera, a 20-year-old from Rochester, reeled in a monstrous sturgeon while fishing the Mississippi River on May 17. An hour-long fight to reel in the sturgeon culminated with him tossing it back into the water (per fishing guidelines), but he estimates the sturgeon was nearly six-feet long and weight 60-70 pounds.

– Read more from the Post Bulletin

Hawley: Future college football player dominates the diamond

Jordan Harms is a five-year varsity baseball player for Hawley High School, a Class 2A team looking for a return trip to the state tournament. Harms will play safety on Minnesota State-Moorhead's football team next fall, but for now he's crushing the competition on the baseball field. In 36 innings pitched, the right-hander has allowed just nine hits while striking out 79. He's also hitting a robust .482 with 3 home runs.

– Read more from the Fargo Forum

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Evacuations underway after explosion, fire on U of M campus

Five blocks on University Ave. are under evacuation.

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‘Terrible prank’ during tornado drill causes scare at Hopkins High School

The school principal said the incident brought armed police to the school and "understandably caused some scholars anxiety."

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Woman admits to role in St. Paul man's gruesome murder

A 32-year-old Duluth woman has taken a plea deal in the case of a 34-year-old St. Paul man's murder.

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'Living nightmare’ alleged at Savage, Minn. rabbit sanctuary

"Peacebunny Cottage" is now the subject of an animal cruelty investigation.


Tractor tips on embankment, killing man in Kandiyohi County

The tractor reportedly tipped and fell on top of the man, pinning him underneath.

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Sloane Martin teams with Mike Golic Jr. for college football broadcasts

Martin, 33, lives in Minnesota and continues to climb the sports broadcasting ladder.

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St. Paul plans to extend $500 payments to low-income families

The expansion would give more than 300 families a monthly payment of $500.

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Use of car seat in crash that killed child still under investigation

The mother of the child was treated for injuries not considered to be life-threatening.

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Abortion-rights protestors clash with driver in downtown Duluth

Police say they've cleared the driver of any wrong-doing.


Report: Hundreds of Delta flights for holiday weekend don't have pilots

It could be a brutal travel weekend due to major staffing issues at Delta.