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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Nov. 30 COVID-19 update: Hospitalizations reach new high mark

There are fewer than 100 staffed ICU beds available in Minnesota.

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Saturday's Gophers-Northwestern game canceled

Minnesota is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak in its football program.

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Minneapolis woman's home vandalized for a 7th time since March

The most recent incident happened on Thanksgiving.

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Jamie Malone's Grand Cafe is closing, building owners say

Head chef Jamie Malone will continue operations at Eastside.


High school softball coach accused of stealing booster funds

The 65-year-old is a coach at Lakeville South High School.

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Suspect leads police on 26-mile pursuit in Meeker County

When the suspect stopped, he tried to get out of his car with a shotgun in hand.

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Human remains found at Albert Lea building where 3 people where shot

Authorities say the human remains are not related to the shooting.


DirecTV subscribers could lose KARE 11 on Tuesday

A new contract needs to be agreed upon by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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Inmate from Rush City prison dies after COVID-19 diagnosis

The man is the fifth incarcerated person in Minnesota to die from COVID-19.