The Home Run: Today's greater Minnesota sports stories


Mankato: West and East high schools adding lacrosse

Boys and girls lacrosse at the varsity level will debut at Mankato West and East high schools in 2016. The city's two public schools were hesitant to adopt the program in recent years for a number of reasons, but now there is a build-up of youth players, thus laying a foundation for lacrosse for years to come.

– Read more from the Mankato Free Press

Brainerd: Class preps students for a triathlon

One mile in the pool, 25 miles on a bike and six miles on foot. That's what 29 students at Brainerd High School just did after a semester preparing and training for a class that wraps up with a grueling triathlon.

– Read more from the Brainerd Dispatch

Willmar: Area hockey shows award-winning growth

In 2011-12, the Willmar area Mites hockey program has just 35 players. That number has grown to 70 thanks to a closer look at what was deterring families from joining. The rapid growth is good for hockey in the area and the Willmar Hockey Association was recognized by Minnesota Hockey with one of Total Hockey’s Grow the Game Awards.

– Read more from the West Central Tribune

Ely: High school hockey coach fired

Kurt Mattila's 10-year run as the Ely Timberwolves boys hockey coach is over. The Duluth News Tribune reports that Mattila was voted out of the role by school administrators, who cited a lack of winning as the reason for his release.

– Read more from the Duluth News Tribune

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Ban for those who don't wear masks at Rochester School Board meetings

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Target to hire 100,000 seasonal workers for 2021 holiday season

The Minnesota retailer has seen its business surge during the pandemic.