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Disc Golf grows following and fun in St. Cloud

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… Keep Reading

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New Era, New Look (We Hope)

On April 11, The Minnesota Timberwolves revealed the new logo that will represent the team for the upcoming years. A slick representation of the old, the new, and the Minnesota. The team has been starving for an identity since Kevin Garnett was traded and since the Kevin Love debacle. Superstar Karl-Anthony Towns doesn’t deserve to drag along the rugged history of the last 13 years. He gets his own chance to make his own Timberwolves brand and build a team that can be great. It was time to move on from the 2000’s 3-D cartoonish look that many teams have shed thus far (Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings). But what this logo really should represent is an era where Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and Zach LaVine will take over, just like the Kevin Garnett takeover in 1996 when the second Timberwolves logo was revealed. It’s time to shed the longest… Keep Reading

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There’s always next year, right? The 2016-17 Timberwolves season recap

In a league where you need superstars to win, the outlook was bleak for the Minnesota Timberwolves around 2012. With Kevin Love wanting out (and not being a superstar anyway), no one was really sure when that coveted star would be possible. The Wolves have busted more times in the draft than most teams, including one of the worst slip-ups in NBA history, choosing both Ricky Rubio AND Jonny Flynn over some dude named Steph Curry. Luckily, with the late, great Flip Saunders at the helm, the Wolves traded Love to the Cavaliers for a package that included college star Andrew Wiggins. The very next year, the Timberwolves had the #1 overall pick in the draft, and they chose Karl-Anthony Towns. These two players have both excelled greatly in their short time in the NBA, and heading into the 2016-17 season, hopes were high for the Wolves. After Saunders’ tragic… Keep Reading

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Hockey Day Minnesota 2018 To Be Held in Saint Cloud

There are many names to describe the great state of Minnesota – the land of 10,000 lakes, the North Star State, L’Etoile du Nord – but perhaps none exemplify our passion more than one name: The State of Hockey. Every year, Minnesotans come together on one day in mid-January to celebrate the beautiful game. Beginning in 2007, an event dubbed, “Hockey Day Minnesota” has been an annual tradition where a unique outdoor location is picked, a rink is built on said location, and high school teams face off on the rink in front of a crowd. The games are also broadcast on Fox Sports North, along with the Gophers and Wild games that are usually scheduled on Hockey Day. On April 19, the Minnesota Wild, along with Fox Sports North and Minnesota Hockey, announced the location for the 2018 iteration of Hockey Day: our very own Saint Cloud. “Hockey Day… Keep Reading

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2017 NFL Draft Projections

The new league year is upon us in the NFL, and that means one of the most coveted events of the year is right around the corner: the NFL Draft. 253 men are looking to see their dream of being in the NFL become a reality. All eyes are going to be on the first few picks of the 2017 Draft. Here is a preview of the first five mock selections: The Cleveland Browns have the first overall pick and are projected to select Myles Garrett, a defensive end from Texas A&M first overall. With the number two pick in the draft, the 49ers are expected to select defensive end out of Stanford, Solomon Thomas. The 49ers need players all across the board. Their top needs are a quarterback, outside linebacker, and lineman. The Chicago Bears hold the third spot in this year’s draft. In the offseason, they released veteran quarterback… Keep Reading

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Aaron Hernandez Found Dead, one of many troubled NFL stars

Wednesday morning, officials reported former New England Patriots tight end, Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell. While an autopsy is still being performed, Hernandez was reported to have hung himself using his bed sheets. Hernandez was currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole after having been convicted for a 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player. Lloyd had been dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée at the time. In 2012, Hernandez was investigated for a connection he had to a double murder in Boston. Last week on April 14, he was found not guilty of the murders. Formerly considered to be one of the best tight ends in college football, Hernandez was rumored to have used marijuana in college, causing him to fall in draft ranks. In 2010, the former Florida Gator was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round, after… Keep Reading

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Adrian Peterson rides into the purple sunset

Whether fans like it or not, the Vikings former star running back, Adrian Peterson will not be with the team in the 2017 season. This was confirmed in March when General Manager, Rick Spielman told the media, “with us signing [Latavius] Murray, Adrian will move on elsewhere.” Where Peterson will end up next season is still not certain as the 32- year-old running back has struggled to stay healthy in the second half of his career. It is fair to believe Peterson’s best years may be behind him, but as he departs the Vikings it’s worth looking back at how much he achieved with the team. In 2007, after a standout performance at Oklahoma, the Vikings drafted Peterson with the 7th overall pick in the NFL draft. The young running back was confident in himself despite having dealt with injuries in college. He would tell the Star Tribune at the… Keep Reading

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Patience Yalartai takes One Last Jump

Patience Yalartai, a senior jumper at St. Cloud State University placed seventh against all competitors to become a NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field All-American, in the triple jump for the first time in her collegiate career. “It’s a great feeling, I have reached the height of my profession as a Collegiate athlete, and it is absolutely an amazing feeling,” Yalartai said when asked how it felt to be an all American. “Really wanting it contributed to my success. I like my sport and I really wanted to reach that point of All-American status, so I kept at it until I reached it,” she said. When talking about her experience at nationals she commented: “I think my performance at Nationals was good compared to the other times at Nationals. In the past things just didn’t come together and I didn’t perform my best. Yet this time it was all… Keep Reading

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