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MINNEAPOLIS—The Minnesota Vikings appeared to downplay the return of former running back Adrian Peterson, not so much by what they did, but what they didn't do. In the buildup to Monday night's season opener against the New Orleans Saints, the Vikings sent out releases detailing a 9/11 tribute and former receiver Randy Moss' induction into the team's Ring of Honor, but there was nary a mention of Peterson's return.
BRAINERD — Drag racer Greg Anderson was asked what's different with Pro Stock after qualifying Saturday at the 36th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, and his answer, announced over the track PA system, was something the announcer called the most honest interview he'd heard in a while. "We're not having fun anymore," Anderson said. Anderson was referring to the good old days of Pro Stock, but it could have been a metaphor for a season of struggles for him and his Summit Racing teammate Jason Line.
DULUTH — Dr. Fahd Arafat of Rainy River Medical Center understands the power of positive thinking, lessons he applied in his conversation with Father Ben Hadrich on Aug. 8, 2015. "The doctor came in with a picture of my brain and said I was having a stroke," Hadrich said. "I remember just asking, 'Am I going to die?' And he said, 'No, you'll be just fine.' I was kind of peaceful at that point." The rest of Hadrich's journey was anything but, including being read his last rites by a fellow priest, but he survived the massive stroke to return leading a remarkable life.
DULUTH — Hellen Jepkurgat was asked Saturday what it was like to make the last turn at Grandma's Marathon knowing she had the victory in her grasp. The standard reply generally involves acknowledging the crowd and pontificating about how great it is to cross the line first. Not Jepkurgat. She just wanted it over. "Ohhhhh ... I was tired," she said, shaking her head. While the Kenyan's English is limited, that expression was universal.
CHICAGO — Nobody knows whose idea it was to play the drinking game "flippy cup," but one thing led to another, and a handful of University of Minnesota Duluth hockey fans had a brush with fame on Friday night after the video of them having a good time at a baseball game got picked up by ESPN. Matt Ward and his buddies were in town for the Frozen Four. After UMD dispatched Harvard 2-1 on Thursday night, they were looking for something to do on Friday, an off day. Score!
DULUTH, Minn.—Legendary sportscaster Verne Lundquist followed his father by attending Augustana Seminary in Rock Island, Ill., in 1962. It didn't take long to realize it wasn't for him. "I didn't have the dedication or the discipline to become a minister," Lundquist said. "It's a 24-hour-a-day job, and boy, you better have a value system that gives you permission to be that involved in people's lives. I didn't, and I knew it, so I followed a different path."
DULUTH — University of Minnesota women's hockey goaltender Sidney Peters figured this could be another long one, so during the second intermission of Saturday's game against Minnesota Duluth, the junior took a bathroom break. Fortunately for the Gophers, Peters didn't have to work overtime as Patti Marshall's goal 7:54 into the third period lifted fifth-ranked Minnesota to a 1-0 victory over third-ranked UMD in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals before 1,549 at Amsoil Arena.
MANKATO — Duluth native C.J. Ham has heard his named called by fans more than once at Vikings training camp this week on the Minnesota State-Mankato campus. The local fan...
DULUTH — Minnesota Duluth sophomore quarterback Drew Bauer had a hand in five touchdowns to lead second-ranked UMD to a 38-10 NSIC victory over Bemidji State on Saturday before 3,190 at Malosky Stadium. Bauer threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns, and he added 49 rushing yards and two more scores as the unbeaten Bulldogs also got a very strong defensive effort. It was UMD’s 16th straight regular-season victory and 13th straight over the Beavers. Bauer was 20-for-25 passing. Although the Bulldogs (8-0) came in averaging 308 rushing yards per game, seventh-best in NCAA Division II. Bemid
DULUTH -- Five University of Minnesota Duluth football players will miss Saturday’s season opener against Concordia-St. Paul after receiving one-game suspensions for taking part in a weekend party that led to about 50 citations for underage drinking. In addition, two players were stripped of their captaincy following a house party late Sunday night in Duluth.