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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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Defense attorney sentenced to workhouse for swindling client

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Mike Zimmer's Vikings tenure was pockmarked by disputes with staff

Mike Zimmer's "my way or the highway" approach didn't work out in the end.

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Walz announces $200 reward for families who get kids aged 5-11 vaccinated

It's the latest incentive program launched by the State of Minnesota.

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Hockey community rallies around player who's fighting cancer

They sent him off with a show of support on Sunday.

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Tesla commits to buying nickel from proposed Minnesota mine

The mine has yet to go through the permitting process.

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Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, January 11

Minnesota has set a new statewide record high test positivity rate.

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Guthrie cancels one production, postpones another

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