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From Losers to Believers: The Twins Transformed

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Minnesota Twins Wildcard Playoffs

Last year at this time the Minnesota Twins had lost over 100 games and would find themselves watching the October playoff magic from their TVs. This year, things have turned up for the Twins, who ended 85-77, placing 2nd in the American League Central. On Oct. 3 the Twins will face off against the New York Yankees in a single elimination game in the wild-card round. The odds are stacked against them – who under the former single team wild card system would not have made the playoffs. But the new rules from 2012 played into the Twins favor and they should do whatever they can with the opportunity. The Yankees, however, have a history of toppling the Twins playoff hopes year after year. In the last 15 seasons, the Twins and Yankees have faced off in 4 playoff series: 2002, 2003, 2009 and 2010. In each series the Yankees…

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I Could Not Plan This: An Emotionally Loaded Rap Album

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Today’s rap and hip-hop genre is filled with young individuals who write their lines out of passion while knowing the odds of going mainstream are against them. Mark Laurence Richard Jr. better known as Witt Lowry, was once among those aspiring artists. In a way, he still is. With each album release, Witt’s followings have grown, yet he still has not signed with a record label. Witt’s success started in 2014 with the release of Kindest Regards. At the time, the album was officially released for free on datpiff as well as being posted to his YouTube channel. In 2015 his album Dreaming With Our Eyes Open went straight to iTunes, but he continued to support free streaming on his official YouTube and Soundcloud. He stuck to the same formula for his new album I Could Not Plan This and the positive feedback on his YouTube and Soundcloud converted into…

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Microtransactions Become Increasingly Commonplace

in Lifestyle/Video Games by

In the last 10 years, the success of smartphones surged users interest in free and inexpensive gaming options for their new devices. During this time it became widely known that some of the most popular games were free to download. This created a widespread appeal for games like Jetpack Joyride that while simple, proved addicting. Through a process of selling in-app purchases, or “microtransactions” players had the opportunity to purchase items for their character that they could otherwise not unlock without significant play time. Since its release in 2011, Jetpack Joyride still generates an estimated $2500 daily from microtransactions according to thinkgaming.com. Revenue like this proved significant, causing the business model to be adopted by many free to play games on mobile devices and computers. Games like League of Legends and DOTA 2 are among the most popular in the world and have been successful utilizing a microtransactions model in…

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‘Madden 18’ Longshot showcases the other side of the NFL

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Every August a new Madden game is released, and with it often come minimal expectations from the franchise’s core supporters. Yearly sports games like Madden are plagued by short development cycles, causing each release to be fundamentally the same, but with a few new additions. This season, EA Tiburon set out to create something new for Madden 18. On a surface level, visuals and physics in the game have been adapted to utilize the Frostbite engine for the first time. While fans of EA’s other key franchise, ‘Battlefield’, will recognize Frostbite as the game engine for the popular shooter, it performs well on the gridiron as well. While graphics improvements are slight, running the ball in ‘Madden 18’ felt better than it had in recent memory. Tackling is no longer as robotic, as defenders seem to move fluidly into tackles as players bump into one another. This can also create…

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Small Towns see Big Success with Disc Golf

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This summer the Chronicle has highlighted disc golf courses in St. Cloud and its surrounding cities. The expansion and success of the sport is further provided by disc golf’s popularity in smaller towns to the south and west of St. Cloud. Full size 18-hole courses can be found in a short drive to Clearwater, St. Augusta, and St. Joseph. Similar to St. Cloud, all of these courses are free to play and open to the public. Unlike many of the courses in larger cities, rural courses are often more wooded, and thus require greater skill. Bug spray is also recommended. For players looking for a challenge, Clearwater’s Sportsman’s Hill Disc Golf Course provides a must play experience. A variety of wooded shots, often featuring elevation changes, prove quite difficult for a course set to pro par (meaning all holes are par 3). Another surprise for players coming to Sportsman’s Hill…

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“The Big Sick” balances comedy with difficult social issues of today’s relationships

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The summer movie lineup is often packed with blockbuster titles from high-budget and well established franchises. This year was no different, with its fair share of winners and losers but also a few surprise films. “The Big Sick” is a romantic comedy about two 20-something-year-old lovers who face cultural obstacles in their hopes of a happy life. The film follows Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) who is a Pakistani Muslim working in Chicago as a comedian while driving for Uber to make up the rest of his income. During one of Kumail’s shows, he meets Emily (Zoe Kazan) with whom he hooks up with that night. Feelings remain strong after the night, even after the pair agrees they would never speak to each other again. The couple soon enters into a relationship but all the while Kumail’s family attempts to set him up with a Pakistani women in accordance with their customs.…

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Disc Golf north of St. Cloud provides fun new challenges

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Heading “up north” has been a long standing tradition for many Minnesotans as they depart each summer to their cabins. But for those without a lakefront property to rest by, and a desire to have some outdoor fun in a short drive, disc golf may provide a great alternative. The Chronicle will be covering a variety of disc golf course throughout Minnesota this summer as part of a series of three article. Recently we took a look at the popular courses around the St. Cloud area, but a wealth of disc golf courses are also located a short drive up Highway 10. Sartell, Sauk Rapids, Rice, St. Stephen and Royalton each feature a disc golf course with a unique experience that can not be found in St. Cloud. Northside Park Disc Golf Course in Sartell is one of the only courses we came across well suited for your four legged…

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“Transformers: The Last Knight” Review – Michael Bay Derails Franchise Plot Lines

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Hasbro’s toy franchise known as “Transformers” originally came to popularity in the early 1980’s, over 30 years ago. All along they have remained relevant with multiple generations of children, teens and adults. So relevant in fact that the 2007 release of “Transformers,” the first Michael Bay directed film in the franchise, was a huge success. Over the past 10 years, the five movies Bay has made for the Transformers franchise have had increasingly negative reception. Partially to blame is the series continuation even after losing star actors Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, and failing to replace them with consistent and likeable new stars. The franchise marched on however, with Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) becoming the new lead protagonist in 2014 and returning for this summer’s “Transformers: The Last Knight.” However, Cade nor any other recognizable character can be seen in the opening minutes of the movie. Rather, Last Knight opens…

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Disc Golf grows following and fun in St. Cloud

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Each summer, public parks across St. Cloud play host to games of disc golf as players navigate courses in an attempt to toss a Frisbee disc into a metal basket. The sport has continued to expand in popularity across the nation, but also on a local level. According to the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) by the end of 2016, the United States had 6976 courses across the country, a growth of over 1500 new courses since the year before. The St. Cloud area has four courses of which all are free to play and located at public parks across town. Riverside Park, Calvary Hill Park, St. Cloud VA Medical Center, and River’s Edge Park, all have courses for players to throw a disc at. Whether you’re a new player or an experienced player, St. Cloud offers a variety of course styles and terrains. The most popular of St. Cloud’s…

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