The Home Run: Today's greater Minnesota sports stories


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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Golf spots still available for the Rod Simons Memorial Golf for the Gift of Adoption

The annual golf tournament is THIS TUESDAY at Troy Burne in Hudson, Wisconsin.

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Police investigating Saturday homicide in Austin

Officers responded to a report of a woman shot in a house in Austin just before 2 a.m. Saturday.

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2 dead in Wadena County house fire, boy survives

The fire was reported around 3:50 a.m. Sunday.

Jose Berrios

BerrĂ­os dominates in first start with Blue Jays

The former Twin made a great first impression with his new team.

Lauri Markkanen

Report: Timberwolves interested in sign-and-trade for Lauri Markkanen

The Wolves will look to upgrade at power forward in free agency.

Suni Lee

Suni Lee, Regan Smith take home Olympic medals Sunday

Lee won bronze in the uneven bars final, while Smith won silver in the 4x100-meter medley relay.

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'Zero respect for authority': Olmsted Co. Fair wracked by wave of juvenile disturbances

Fair officials imposed strict new rules to deal with the problem.

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Baby dies, 5 injured when SUV flips over fence onto I-94 in Brooklyn Center

Alcohol was detected on the driver, according to the State Patrol.

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Police say officers were shot at in north Minneapolis

Officers were checking into a suspicious activity report when gunfire erupted.


Walmart to mandate COVID vaccine for some managers, corporate employees

The company will also reinstate mask mandates for employees in high-transmission areas.

Minneapolis police

Driver plows into crowd after downtown Minneapolis brawl

Two suspects have reportedly been identified.