The Home Run: Today's greater Minnesota sports stories


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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Early Saturday crash leaves 2 kids, 1 adult dead in Maple Grove

The crash happened just before 7 a.m. Saturday.

State Patrol

State Patrol reports 2 fatal crashes on Friday in Minnesota

The first incident happened in Austin Township, and the second happened in Birch Lake Township.


Deaths on Minnesota roads in 2021 at highest level in more than a decade

There have been a total of eight motorcyclist fatalities on Minnesota roads this year.

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Chinese rocket debris to crash somewhere on Earth this weekend

Minnesota appears to be just outside of it's massive potential crash zone.

Starlink satellites

Strange lights in Minnesota sky Friday night were SpaceX satellites

SpaceX is planning to launch 60 more Starlink satellites on Sunday, May 9.

Jorge Polanco

Shoemaker, Twins lineup rebounds against Tigers

Jorge Polanco homered in a 7-3 victory over Detroit.

Kirill Kaprizov / Minnesota Wild

Watch: Kaprizov's OT winner lifts Wild into 2nd place in West

Kaprizov's goal gave the Wild a 3-2 victory over the Ducks.

Byron Buxton

Buxton placed on IL, Trevor Larnach called up

Buxton could be out "for weeks" with a hip strain.

A bald eagle perched on branches.

USFWS confirms 2 bald eagles were shot dead

The agency is offering a reward for information in the case.