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In Minnesota, we don't wait around for fair weather to kick our enthusiasm for sports into high gear. We play host to some of the nation's toughest winter athletic events - and a polar vortex won't stop us. We built one of the nation's first tuj lub courts, honoring an ancient Hmong game. And our women's sports teams - from basketball to roller derbies - are something fierce to behold. Sportstalk is a collection of stories celebrating our state's sportier side.
In Minnesota, we don't wait around for fair weather to kick our enthusiasm for sports into high gear. We play host to some of the nation's toughest winter athletic events - and a polar vortex won't stop us. We built one of the nation's first tuj lub courts, honoring an ancient Hmong game. And our women's sports teams - from basketball to roller derbies - are something fierce to behold. Sportstalk is a collection of stories celebrating our state's sportier side.

Missing March Madness? Remember the Flying Dutchmen.

  'Are we really here?!'  That phrase sprang to mind when Dean Verdoes and his teammates stepped onto the floor of Williams Arena in March of...

The Minnesota Reign of Lynx Player Seimone Augustus

Author’s note: At the beginning of each WNBA season, I like to remind and/or annoy some colleagues that we were fortunate to witness one...

Minnesota Niche: Sweet Wheels Skate Club

Sweet Wheels Skate Club doesn't pick sides or styles when it comes to roller skating. Rather, the group prides itself on its inclusiveness - and...

Minnesota Niche: Rock Steady Boxing

Video story by Ryan Klabunde | Article by Edie Grossfield Classic rock blasted on the sound system at Element Gym in St. Paul, Minn., as...
1960 Gophers team

Revisit the Golden Days of the Gophers Football Team

  University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Football Coach Murray Warmath did more than recruit African-American players for the  team: He made Uniontown, Pa.-born Sandy Stephens...

Why This Queer Sports Fan Keeps on Cheering

I don’t know exactly when it happened, but I have a few ideas. It might have been the at beginning of third grade, when I...

Introducing 10 Inspiring MN Athletes You’ve Never Heard Of

Stare down the annals of Minnesota sports history and names like Garnett, Puckett and Whalen immediately spring to mind. But allow us to introduce you...

Why Indigenous Languages, Education, Hair & the Portrayal of Mascots Matter

"Every language embodies a unique worldview, a unique way of looking at the world - and to lose one is not just to lose...

In Minnesota, Hockey Rinks Are the Heart of Many Communities

  “There's the crispness of the air…the smells…you can hear the hum of the lights. It just kind of brings you back.” The shutter of...

Becoming Big League

  FULL-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY Becoming Big League explores one of the most defining years in Minnesota sports history: 1960. From Olympic hockey to high-school hoops, from pro-sports...