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The Home Run: Today's greater Minnesota sports stories

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Cold Spring: Sophomore is world champion racquetball star

He's the No. 1-ranked 16-and-under racquetball player in the world, but he's more focused on his future in baseball. Jordan Barth, a sophomore at ROCORI High School is the starting shortstop on the baseball team and hopes to someday play college baseball. In his spare time he plays racquetball at a semi-pro level, and he's already a world champion.

– Read more from the St. Cloud Times.

Rochester: Marines before medals for Lourdes athlete

Paul Schroeder is one of the leading hitters on the undefeated (22-0) Rochester Lourdes baseball team. He also helped Lourdes win the Class 3A Prep Bowl last fall. But if Lourdes reaches the state baseball tournament, Schroeder won't be there with his teammates; he'll be in California joining the Marines. "This is a really, really great thing that he's doing for his country, and he's going to make a great Marine," his coach said.

– Read more from the Post Bulletin

Hermantown: College World Series umpire from MN

Leah Bowen, a 2000 graduate from Hermantown High School and former softball player at Bemidji State University, is one of six umpires working the Division I Women's College World Series. While earning her Masters degree in Texas, Bowen sort of stumbled into umpiring softball in an effort to make money during the financial crash a little more than five years ago.

– Read more from the Duluth News Tribune

Next Up

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Search for armed man in Brooklyn Park; residents told to lock doors

People in the area are advised to lock their doors and shelter in place.

Anthony Skelley

17-year-old South St. Paul homicide victim is identified

The medical examiner determined that Skelley died of multiple gunshot wounds.

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Tornado watch issued in Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska

Severe storms are expected to push into southwest Minnesota this afternoon.

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Korean chicken chain Bonchon's 6th MN location set to open

The South Korean-based franchise has steadily increased its presence across the country.

Historic Fort Snelling

Revamped Historic Fort Snelling to fully reopen for first time since 2019

A $34.5 million revitalization project has been completed.

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Training storms dump big rain totals on southeast Minnesota

The flash flooding threat shifts further north and west Wednesday night.

Park Point beach, Duluth

Travel & Leisure's top 25 US beaches includes one in Minnesota

The beach on the shores of Lake Superior made the cut.

Acme Comedy Company stage.

Are you the funniest person in the Twin Cities?

Acme Comedy Company is wondering. Professional comedians need not apply.

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Severe storms threaten Minnesota again later Wednesday

Tornadoes, very large hail and straight-line winds are possible.

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Saint Mary's University cutting 11 majors, laying off staff

The Winona college says it's consolidating to focus on business, technology, and the sciences.

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Strong storms impacting southern MN Thursday morning

The SPC says the storm will likely continue producing isolated large hail.