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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.
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...
Baseball stadium exterior

Discover How the Met Stadium Made Minnesota ‘Big League’

In 1960, Minor League Baseball thrived in Minnesota - but it was the development of the brand new Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington that officially...

Meet 6 MN Artists Who Prove There’s an Art to the...

Although John Hughes movies might have us think otherwise, who says artists and jocks have to be separate cliques? After all, many famous artists...

A Serving of Pickleball Is More Than a Sporty Side Dish

You know the scene. Every so often, there's a tennis court near you that's packed with people playing a game that looks vaguely familiar....

How the Ancient Hmong Game Tuj Lub Came to ‘Lake Wobegon’

  In 2016, Saint Paul became one of the first cities in the nation to install tuj lub courts, a move that introduced many Minnesotans...