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By next Thursday (Feb. 22), ice skaters might outnumber skiers at Hyland Hills Ski Area as the Bloomington slopes will host the United States Ice Cross (USIX) 2018 Riders’ Cup tour stop.

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Eden Prairie junior Becca Divine stood on top of the podium at the state alpine meet Wednesday afternoon at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik adding to an already decorated prep skiing career.

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At the invitation of board members, 3rd District Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Eden Prairie) visited NorthWest Islamic Community Center in Plymouth to attend part of an afternoon prayer session and hold a community discussion Feb. 9.

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The Richfield Nordic ski team spent the 2017-18 season looking to develop its younger skiers, as well as find a way to compete against the tough teams it faces throughout the season.

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For the first time since defeating St. Louis Park 3-2 during the Section 5A playoffs in 2013-14, the Holy Angels girls hockey team has earned a section victory.

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Playing two overtime games in one week, Kennedy should be ready to play under the pressure that awaits them in the Section 2A tournament that begins next week.

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The Normandale Community College Anthropology Department will host two events next week, including a question-and-answer session with the subject of a film presentation.

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Jefferson senior twins Morgan and Matthew Gasser entered the start house at Giant’s Ridge for the state alpine ski meet earlier this week accomplished a lot to get to this point.

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Coming off an emotional 66-57 overtime win over Richfield one day earlier, Kennedy boys’ basketball coach Jamin Cook knew a repeat performance would be difficult.

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Jefferson nordic ski teams completed its season at the Section 2 meet at Wirth on Thursday, Feb. 8 as the girls garnered eighth place wih 226 points, 16 points ahead of Chaska while the boys were sixth with 280 points.

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Kennedy football had eight students sign National Letter’s of Intent to play collegiate football on Wednesday, February 7. 

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Without the luster of a presidential straw poll, local Republican and Democratic-Farmer-Labor officials serving Bloomington’s senate districts hoped that the gubernatorial straw poll for this fall’s election might inspire similar numbers to precinct caucuses this year.

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Kenisha Bell

The Gophers junior guard scored career-high 35 points in a 92-84 loss at the Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday. She was 13-of-27 from the field and 8-of-13 at the free throw line and surpassed the 30-point mark for the fourth time this season for the 17-6 Gophers. 

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After hosting Kennedy in a Metro West Conference duel meet on Tuesday, Jan. 30, Jefferson hit the road to take part in the Hibbing Invitational on Saturday where they finished fourth out of eight teams with 366 points. 

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Most eyes were on downtown Minneapolis and Mall of America, but the Super Bowl spirit of celebration permeated through Bloomington in the days prior to the big game. And several students from Bloomington had a chance to be a part of the on-field spectacle. 

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Ski jumpers from across the United States, Finland and Slovenia gathered on Tuesday, Jan. 30 for the 2018 Midwest 5 Hills Tour U.S. Cup at Bush Lake Ski Jump in Bloomington.

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Kennedy boys’ basketball resumed its Metro West Conference schedule with a 71-69 loss at Robbindale Cooper on Tuesday, Jan. 30 for its fifth straight road game.

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Bloomington Alpine made up the fourth and final Metro West Conference meet of the season at Afton Alps on Feb. 1.

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The crowds may not be as overwhelming as those that gathered in Minnesota two years ago to take part in a presidential straw poll, but party organizers for Bloomington’s senate districts are optimistic interest in the political process will help bring plenty of residents back next week.

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Celena Rea

Jefferson’s leading scorer picked up her first hat trick of the season in a 6-1 win over Holy Angels on Saturday. She has 16 goals and 17 assists (33 points) in 22 games.