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MINNEAPOLIS — What is more American than football? Getting together with friends to personalize the gridiron experience with gambling, bringing great glory for the victors and humiliating defeat for everyone else. Fantasy football is a game of infinite variables, which helps absolve me from any wrongdoing if players lose their season based on my advice. While I cannot provide contingencies for every scenario, there are some clear trends that can help players approach their league's draft with a leg up on the competition.
MINNEAPOLIS — Researchers have completed a unique study of sex trafficking in Minnesota that could set the stage to develop the country’s most in-depth model to combat the trade.
BRAINERD, Minn. — The first case of the canine influenza — a highly contagious disease that can be fatal — has been confirmed in the Brainerd lakes area. Testing for canine influenza came back positive for a dog named Bella, believed to be a 2-year-old Landseer, after being seen July 18 at Lakeland Veterinary Hospital in Baxter, Minn.
ALCESTER, S.D. — Two people have died after a car hit a group of people before crashing into a health care center Monday morning, July 24. Law enforcement officials confirmed the deaths later that afternoon, and reported six more people, including the driver of the vehicle, were injured outside of Alcester Care and Rehab Center in the 9:30 a.m. incident.
MINNEAPOLIS — Tucker Hibbert at the X Games usually means he's geared up, leaving the competition in his icy wake en route to claiming yet another medal. But while visiting X Games Minneapolis 2017, the 33-year-old from Pelican Rapids, Minn., was much more relaxed, all smiles as he signed autographs for fans before taking in the action inside U.S. Bank Stadium. "It's pretty impressive," Hibbert said of the venue. "It's my first time to the stadium, it's an exciting vibe just to be here and see all these athletes."
MINNEAPOLIS — With history on the line, Jamie Bestwick said he wasn't feeling the pressure. But neither was Vince Byron, the only person to best Bestwick in an X Games BMX vert competition in a decade. Showing a mastery of 540 combo tricks, Byron recorded two scores over 90 points to once again win X Games gold in the Fruit of the Loom Vert contest Thursday, July 13, outside U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
MINNEAPOLIS — U.S. Bank Stadium is big. The old Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, which stood where the new stadium now stands, could fit inside the main competition area of U.S. Bank Stadium. And now X Games athletes are salivating at the chance to compete on action sports' biggest stage, in a really big venue.
MINNEAPOLIS — Alec Majerus has skated the world. The Rochester, Minn., native has an X Games bronze medal in skateboard street competition from the 2014 Austin Games. But a top highlight for the 22-year-old phenom will be getting the chance to skate in front of his grandmother this week, who's never seen him compete. "I'm super excited. Since I heard it was going to be here, I guess I have a little more pressure on me," Majerus said during a Wednesday, July 12, press conference. "So, I've just been practicing, trying to get not too stressed out and have fun."
MINNEAPOLIS — Come rain or shine, X Games Minneapolis will go on. That factor played a sizeable role in bringing the four-day sporting event to the Twin Cities. After three years just outside Austin, Texas, organizers were looking to change things up. Heavy rains and strong winds put a damper on X Games Austin 2016, forcing delays and rescheduling throughout the event. Tim Reed, vice president of X Games for ESPN, said it was time to make a move.
MINNEAPOLIS — Helmets and pads will be donned by elite athletes this month at U.S. Bank Stadium, but don't expect everyone to be wearing Vikings purple and gold. Minneapolis is gearing up to host its first Summer X Games, the top annual competition for action sport athletes to compete for gold and glory. Spanning four days, the competitors will race, spin and flip on skateboards, dirt bikes, motorcycles and BMX bikes in downtown Minneapolis and at the Mall of America in Bloomington from July 13-16.