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The Home Run: Today's greater Minnesota sports stories

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Willmar: Jacque Jones in the Northwoods League

The ex-Twins outfielder isn't playing in the Northwoods League, one of the best summer wooden bat leagues for college players, but he is traveling from team-to-team greeting fans and throwing out first pitches. He's already been in Mankato and Willmar and he'll be in St. Cloud today. Jones played in a similar summer league and credited the experience as a key piece to his eventual career to the big leagues.

– Read more from the West Central Tribune

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Hermantown: A heartbreaking story of family and baseball

Tragedy and triumph hit hard this week for one of Hermantown's top baseball players. Kole Zuidmulder keyed a pair a playoff victories for Hermantown, just one day after his father/assistant baseball coach, Kurt Zuidmulder, died suddenly.

– Read more from WDIO

Minnetonka: 2011 grad receives rare NCAA scholarship

Carolyn Draayer was selected for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. Only 58 winter sports student-athletes were nominated in the country to receive the scholarship. Draayer is a 2011 Minnetonka graduate, and is a senior at Gustavus Adolphus College. She scored 89 points in 111 career games for the Gustavus hockey team.

– Read more from Lakeshore Weekly News

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Chet Holmgren

Chet Holmgren dominates in NBA Summer League debut

The No. 2 overall pick looked the part in the Thunder's win over the Jazz.

Reader-submitted video taken of people throwing fireworks at people and cars on July 4, 2022.

Frey: Police faced 'whack-a-mole' situation on chaotic Fourth of July

The mayor says law enforcement resources were being pulled all over the city as violent scenes unfolded.


Body recovered from Mississippi River near hydro plant in St. Paul

Authorities say the body appeared to have been in the river for months.

Braxton Sorenson

Charges: Lakeville driver didn't call 911 after fatally striking teen on bicycle

The 15-year-old boy was killed while riding his bike along a route he frequented.

Crystal Lake in Robbinsdale

Body found along shoreline of Crystal Lake

Police identified the body as a male Tuesday afternoon.


Little Falls man killed in ATV crash over holiday weekend

The 55-year-old apparently lost control and was partially ejected from the vehicle on Sunday.

Ellie Ragin

Police chief reveals new details in 'heartbreaking' search for Elle Ragin

Police reveal new details that led investigators to Stearns County.

Subway Series new menu

Subway overhauling menu, offering 1M free subs on July 12

The "Subway Series" menu change is set to take over beginning July 12.

Reader-submitted video taken of people throwing fireworks at people and cars on July 4, 2022.

Watch: Fireworks fired at people, buildings in downtown Minneapolis

Footage shared widely on social media shows chaotic scenes downtown on Fourth of July evening.

Ellie Ragin

Search for missing Elle Ragin shifts to park in Stearns County

Mississippi River County Park is closed to the public until further notice.

storm, severe weather, derecho

Developing derecho likely to blast southwest Minnesota

Damaging winds up to 90 mph are the main threat.

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Two Minneapolis restaurants announce closures

It's the end of the line for Pie & Mighty and Bunny's Bar & Grill.