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Tournament officials announced March 13 that World No. 20 and five-time major championship winner Phil Mickelson has officially committed to compete in the 3M Open when the world’s top golfers gather at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine July 1-7.

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As I make my way through the north country, I can’t help but see the effect of our very cold temperatures and unusual heavy snowfalls on our wildlife. This very difficult winter has been a strain on fish as well as game. Here are some thoughts as we head into the month of March.

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Coon Rapids High School graduate Christa Cooper (Jung) was recently named as the University of New Haven’s fourth women’s volleyball coach in the 43-year history of the program by University of New Haven Director of Athletics Chris Palmer.

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The Bethel University softball team welcomed its newest member to the 2019 roster March 11 in a special draft day ceremony. Elaina Haglund, a 14-year-old from Andover, officially became a member of the Royals squad in partnership with Team IMPACT.

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As we look forward to the open water season here in central Minnesota, there has been a series of regulation changes with regards to walleye limits and restrictions. Here is a synopsis of the new changes, which will be implemented within a couple of months.

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Blaine boys hockey captured the Section 5AA championship with a 2-1 win over Maple Grove at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood Feb. 28. The Bengals overcame a Maple Grove goal just 13 seconds into the game, tying the score four minutes into the second on a goal by Bryce Brodzinski and going ahead wi…

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A rollercoaster postseason ride filled with dramatic late comebacks and overtimes aplenty concluded with a fourth-place finish for the Andover girls hockey team in the Class AA State Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Feb. 21-23.

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Andover, the top seed in the Section 7AA Tournament, shut out eighth-seeded St. Francis 11-0 in the quarterfinals Feb. 19. Holden Dunleavy and Nick Dainty both scored two goals, with Parker Hines, Luke Kron, Kyle Nelson, Hunter Jones, Gunnar Thoreson, Hunter Zinda and Harrison VanderMey also…

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No. 2 seed Andover scored four goals in the first period and another three in the second as it cruised to a 7-1 win over Farmington in the Class AA state quarterfinals at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Feb. 21.

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As the winter winds down, it is not too early to start thinking about ticks and how to stop them from biting us. Minnesota and Wisconsin are real hotspots for tick bites and tick diseases. Cold winter weather, and we had plenty of it this year, is not going to hurt the tick population. The o…

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Andover, the top seed in the Section 7AA Tournament, shut out eighth-seeded St. Francis 11-0 in the quarterfinals Feb. 19. Holden Dunleavy and Nick Dainty both scored two goals, with Parker Hines, Luke Kron, Kyle Nelson, Hunter Jones, Gunnar Thoreson, Hunter Zinda and Harrison VanderMey also…