The Home Run: Today's greater Minnesota sports stories


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

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Acclaimed Minneapolis violinist and singer Leah Ottman dies at 33

She also performed as LOTT, the name of her solo project.

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Holiday shopping? Target gift cards are discounted this weekend

You have to be a Target Circle member, but that's free to join.

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MN Supreme Court dismisses attempt to block election certification

Another legal defeat for Republicans challenging the election.

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Another Minnesota prison inmate dies after COVID-19 diagnosis

The virus has killed at least six Minnesota inmates.

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11,760 acres of land wrongly taken from Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe will be returned

The Senate and now the House have passed a bill that effectively returns the land. It's now headed for the president's signature.

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Timberwolves release first half of 2020-21 regular season schedule

The second half of the schedule will be announced at a later date.

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Watch live: Como Zoo's live reindeer cam is back for December

The live feed will run 24/7 allowing you to keep an eye on Santa's antlered helpers.