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Minnesota Timberwolves 2017-2018 Season Preview

On May 31, 2004, as Kevin Garnett and the rest of the Minnesota Timberwolves left the Staples Center after suffering a Game six Western Conference Finals loss to the star-studded Los Angeles Lakers, the team probably wasn’t imagining an upcoming 12-season playoff drought. However, that’s exactly what would follow that exciting Western Conference series, leaving the franchise with the longest active playoff drought in the NBA. This included an under-performing campaign last season, in which their young talent couldn’t win them more than 31 games. Nevertheless, the Wolves decided to throw all their chips onto the poker table, trading for Jimmy Butler on draft night and signing free agents Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson, and Jamal Crawford, among others. The bench, known for being one of the lowest-scoring in the league, has suddenly been revamped, with Crawford, Dieng or Gibson, and Aaron Brooks, along with experienced players like Tyus Jones and… Keep Reading

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Minnesota Wild 2017-2018 Season Preview

In over a month, Halloween will be upon us. This seems like a strange start to the season preview of the state professional hockey team, but it’s related; the scariest costume to a Minnesotan is someone dressing up as Jake Allen. While I still have nightmares of Jake Allen making save after save against the desperate offense of the Minnesota Wild, I can move on knowing that it’s a new season with new Wild expectations. Let’s start with some farewells; forwards Jason Pominville, Erik Haula, Jordan Schroeder and Alex Tuch and defenseman Marco Scandella are no longer members of the Wild. Pominville and Scandella, along with a third-round pick, were shipped off to Buffalo in exchange for forwards Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno and a fourth-round pick. Tuch was traded to the new expansion franchise Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a conditional third round pick, while Haula was picked… Keep Reading

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Cameron Naasz makes history, wins Ice Cross Downhill World Championship

In a sport originally dominated by international riders, Cameron Naasz just became the first American to win the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship. He appeared in his first race in 2012, just a month after learning about the sport and initially planning on simply watching. He finished with the best time among U.S. riders, and received a call shortly after to join Team USA and finished the season by racing in Sweden, Netherlands, and Quebec City. Since those first few races, he’s traveled the globe winning events in Russia, Germany, and most recently, St. Paul, MN. Naasz, a native of Minnesota and St. Cloud State University student won the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship this season after finishing sixth in the Rider Cup series and taking first in three of the four Red Bull Crashed Ice events. “This year I really committed myself to it. I moved to the cities… Keep Reading

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S.C.A.R.ed For Life

Big hits, blinding speed, tons of swagger, cool nicknames and tights are just a few of the reasons to check out your local roller derby scene. In the 80 years since its creation, the sport of roller derby has risen and fallen in popularity, lived and died several times. It has evolved from a simple race, spawned from culture of dance marathons and bike races, to something that resembled WWF professional wrestling to its own culture. The last 10 years has provided roller derby the biggest rise in participation the sport has seen. In 2005, there were roughly 50 all female leagues in existence in the US by February 2006. That number grew to 80 and by mid-August of that same year, the number of similar leagues grew to over 135. In 2006, the first all-Canadian league was welcomed, which was formed in Edmonton, Alberta, and became the first international league, though many other countries… Keep Reading

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Youth Shelter Supply sponsors campus ski and snowboard club

The Youth Shelter Supply’s annual Snowboard Swap sale was the biggest the shop has seen in the last five to six years, co-owner Mike Pettit said. “People seem to be excited for the season,” Pettit said. He attributed part of the upswing in business to the economy, but said the boarding industry has also come a long way too. The sale sees a lot of first-timers. It’s people who have never been on a board before or young children who are just starting out. Occasionally, board collectors will come through, scoping out rarities that cycle through the shop. Mixed in with the used Snowboard Swap gear, the Youth Shelter Supply put out discounted merchandise. People will buy gear just for the season, Pettit explained. The merchandise often comes from the younger riders who have outgrown their clothes, boots or other gear from the season before and are looking to get… Keep Reading

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Men’s basketball adds local talent for second straight year

St. Cloud State University men’s basketball Coach Matt Reimer has been fortunate in more ways than one when it comes to recruiting new talent. The Huskies are welcoming four new players to the team this season, two of which graduated high school right in St. Cloud. Brindley Theisen, a 6-2′ guard who scored more than 1,000 points during his career at Cathedral High School, and Jake Mussman, a 6-5′ forward who played three sports in his lone year at St. Cloud Technical High School. Both schools are located within a few miles of SCSU, and for Reimer it’s been a nice transition into his second season at the helm as his team now has three players from inside St. Cloud. “We’ve been fortunate the last couple of years in getting guys like Andy Foley, Brindley Theisen, and Jake Mussman that are all good enough to play. It doesn’t happen very… Keep Reading

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World premiere Cryptic Films snowboard video ‘Decoded’

For snowboarders, September and October are what they call “Video Premiere Season.” People from all over the world go to their local spots or drive back to their hometowns to reunite with old friends, grab some grub and cocktails, sit back and watch the newest films in the snowboard industry. For years, St. Cloud has been a gathering spot for locals to connect with one another while watching snowboard and skateboard videos. So, after the locally-grown national snowboard film company from St. Cloud, Bald E-Gal Productions–owned and operated by co-owner of The Youth Shelter Supply, Mike Thienes–closed their doors last winter to move on to new endeavors, some were hoping that someone would come onto the scene to fill their boots with footage from the winter sports world. Derek Combs, with the new company Cryptic Films, was given that opportunity. One of the main videographers for the previous Bald E-Gal Productions crew,… Keep Reading

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Game of Ollies: Who will be king?

In the middle of a mass of people, who were attending the 5th Avenue Live Block Party at Coborn’s Plaza Thursday evening, dozens of people crowded around the parking garage behind The Youth Shelter Supply to witness who would be crowned the “Ollie King of St. Cloud.” The SCSU Block Party was the hot spot to be that night, with hundreds of people swarming around the Coborn’s Plaza parking lot. Many were tasting food from local businesses like Pizza Hut and Noodles, snagging coupons from Powder Ridge Terrain Park, running around in bouncy castles like their younger selves, and playing games. The DJ’s mixed current favorite songs, with old-school jams, while at the same time, The Youth Shelter Supply-sponsored contest, Game of Ollies, came into play. The competition was a high ollie contest to determine which skateboarder had the highest ollie – a term that reflects the pushing down of one’s… Keep Reading

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Local boarders claimed prizes at ‘Campus Cruz’

The Youth Shelter Supply’s “Campus Cruz” attracted nearly 50 local skateboarders and longboarders on Saturday. Boarders were invited to stop by the shop for a barbecue behind the shop, and then just around 3 p.m. the Cruz, a campus-wide scavenger hunt, began with maps being handed out so boarders could take off. After filling up on hot dogs, chips and water, boarders didn’t stick around long. Co-owner Mike Pettit helped hand out the maps that led to a variety of hidden prizes. After grabbing the map, one by one, boarders sped out of the parking lot and took to the streets of St. Cloud. Youth Shelter Supply employee Lane Kloskowski spent roughly an hour hiding the prizes around campus. “I hid them pretty good,” said Kloskowski, who is also a business major at SCSU. Kloskowski went from the north side of campus to the south side, taping up gift cards that had the… Keep Reading

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