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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.

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...

Man-of-Few-Words Joe Mauer Unleashed His Fire at the Plate

Let's just be clear at the start, shall we? Twin Cities PBS (TPT) likely isn't your first choice for prime sports coverage. Almanac devotes...

Meet 8 Women Coaches Who Will Fire You Up

From soccer field to shining hockey arena - and every homespun and professional-grade sports venue in between - more young women flock to sports...

Harmon Killebrew hit 573 home runs. And he liked to wash...

On the eve of the opening day for the Minnesota Twins we take a look at the first Minnesota ball player inducted into the...

Baseball and Opera Are Like Ice Cream and Apple Pie

  Opera and baseball don’t usually get paired in peoples’ minds, but according to the composer of the “The Fix,” they can go together like...

Revisit the Legendary Days of The Twins with Tom Kelly

This story is the first in what will be an ongoing series dedicated to exploring the famous and not-so-famous autographs that grace the "Wall...

The Woes of Dogsledding in Warmer Winters

  Minnesota winters are getting warmer. And that's worrisome to businesses in northern Minnesota that depend on cold weather, such as dogsledding firms in Ely....

A Year After Olympic Gold

  Story published: January 2019 When the U.S. men's curling team beat Sweden and won Olympic gold nearly a year ago in Pyeongchang, Korea, just about...

“Minnesota Made Me”

  What makes Minnesota athletes stand out from their peers? Award-winning sports journalist Patrick Borzi examines this question in the book Minnesota Made Me which...