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July 24, 2011 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
MINNEAPOLIS - On a late Saturday afternoon in May, when people in the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul were beginning to feel the first flush of spring in the air - which, to a Philly boy, meant real chilly - they took to the streets without coats and headed into a new season. In downtown Minneapolis, people rode bikes or breezed along streets with buildings both modern and not, forgoing the enclosed second-floor skyways that connect to just about everything so that no one need go outside.
SPORTS
January 3, 2009 | By Steve Aschburner FOR THE INQUIRER
Owners of pro sports teams might expect to be loved for their largesse, embraced for their beneficence. They are, at least by their telling, committing vast sums of their personal fortunes to ensure the fans' viewing and rooting pleasure. Then there is New Jersey real estate developer Zygi Wilf, the principal owner of the Vikings and a man who would settle for about $635 million in Minnesota taxpayers' funds for the construction of a new football stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
NEWS
August 24, 2008 | By Kerri Westenberg FOR THE INQUIRER
Here is a tidbit about the home of the Republican National Convention, one widely acknowledged by its residents but little understood beyond. Minneapolis and St. Paul may be the "Twin Cities," but they share little familial love. Ten short miles between downtowns, and a heap of sibling rivalry, separate them. One lifelong Minneapolitan once quipped about St. Paul, "I haven't been there in decades; why bother?" A St. Paulite I know derides Minneapolis' "sprawl. " Residents of each believe their city to be vastly superior, embracing the right frame of mind and promoting the right kind of community (similar to the way Republicans and Democrats view the opposing party, I suppose)
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July 3, 2015 | BY JENNY DeHUFF & ELLEN GRAY, Daily News Staff Writers dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
THERE WERE MORE changes yesterday at CBS3, which on Tuesday let go three of its biggest on-air names: anchor Chris May, chief meteorologist Kathy Orr and sports director Beasley Reece. Starting July 13, longtime morning anchor Ukee Washington will replace May as co-anchor, with Jessica Dean, of the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on CBS3 and the 10 p.m. newscast on CW57, a station spokeswoman said yesterday. Meteorologist Carol Erickson, who has been with the station on and off since 1978, was offered a new contract but has decided to leave to, in her words, "focus on my commitment to animal welfare in the region.
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December 11, 2012 | By Jeff Baenen, Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS - After enduring last year's snowless winter, skiers and snowmobilers may have despaired of ever seeing a decent snowfall again. But fans of the wintry outdoors got their wish this weekend when a slow-moving storm dumped up to 16 inches of snow on parts of the Upper Midwest. "With global warming in the back of your mind, you think, 'Jeez, is it ever going to snow again?' " John Munger of Minneapolis said Monday after a morning of cross-country skiing in a western Twin Cities park.
SPORTS
August 22, 2005 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Brooklawn won its second game in the American Legion World Series on Saturday night, rolling past Branford, Conn., 14-4, at Fitzgerald Stadium in Rapid City, S.D. The victory propelled Brooklawn (43-7) into last night's game against Enid, Okla., a 5-3 winner Saturday over Twin Cities, Wash. Brooklawn, the Mid-Atlantic Region 2 champion from Camden County, had little trouble beating Branford, racking up 14 hits. Rightfielder Joe Sacerdote hit a home run to lead off the game for Brooklawn, and first baseman Sean Curran hit a two-run double in the second.
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August 23, 2005 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Brooklawn's run in the American Legion World Series came to an end yesterday with a 13-6 loss to Twin Cities, Wash., in Rapid City, S.D. Coach Dennis Barth's Camden County team finished the season with a 43-9 record, including the Mid-Atlantic Regional championship. Tyler Cheney did the most damage for the Washington squad yesterday, going 3 for 3 with a home run. Twin Cities stormed to a 10-0 lead before Brooklawn mounted a comeback, outscoring its opponent by 6-3 in the last four innings.
SPORTS
August 21, 2005 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Brooklawn won its second game in the American Legion World Series last night, rolling past Branford, Conn., 14-4, at Fitzgerald Stadium in Rapid City, S.D. The victory propelled Brooklawn (43-7) into today's game against Enid, Okla., a 5-3 winner yesterday over Twin Cities, Wash. Brooklawn, the Mid-Atlantic Region 2 champion, had little trouble beating Branford, racking up 14 hits. It scored in every inning but the third and fifth and piled up five runs in the fourth. Nearly everyone in the Brooklawn lineup collected at least one hit. Rightfielder Joe Sacerdote hit a home run to lead off the game, and first baseman Sean Curran hit a two-run double in the second.
SPORTS
December 6, 2013 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Nick Pryor has heard all the jokes. They are good-natured - the product of spending hour after hour, night after cold Minnesota night at the rink and on the road with his father, Flyers director of scouting Chris Pryor. "People tell me all the time I've been a scout since I was 5 years old," Nick Pryor said. "Watching hockey is really the only thing I've ever known. " He just didn't believe this would be him. Not this soon, anyway. Whenever he walked through the doors of a rink, he was always Nick Pryor the hockey player.
SPORTS
October 30, 1997 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
The Minnesota Vikings have secretly been on the market for at least two months, and board members already have entertained four out-of-state prospective buyers, according to a published report. The suitors represent Los Angeles; Toronto; Birmingham, Ala., and another unidentified area, the Minneapolis Tribune reported yesterday. It is believed that the unidentified bidder intends to keep the team in the Twin Cities. Vikings board members already have rejected a $150 million bid to purchase the team, said Vikings vice chairman and part owner Philip Maas.
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July 3, 2015 | BY JENNY DeHUFF & ELLEN GRAY, Daily News Staff Writers dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
THERE WERE MORE changes yesterday at CBS3, which on Tuesday let go three of its biggest on-air names: anchor Chris May, chief meteorologist Kathy Orr and sports director Beasley Reece. Starting July 13, longtime morning anchor Ukee Washington will replace May as co-anchor, with Jessica Dean, of the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on CBS3 and the 10 p.m. newscast on CW57, a station spokeswoman said yesterday. Meteorologist Carol Erickson, who has been with the station on and off since 1978, was offered a new contract but has decided to leave to, in her words, "focus on my commitment to animal welfare in the region.
SPORTS
June 24, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers never had a chance at Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns once the Minnesota Timberwolves were awarded the first overall pick in the draft lottery last month. Once that happened, everyone knew that Towns, the headliner of this summer's draft class, was bound for the Twin Cities. And leading into the NBA draft Thursday at the Barclays Center, Towns' meeting with commissioner Adam Silver will be nothing more than a made-for-television formality. The New York website SNY.tv reported Monday that the Timberwolves told Towns he would be the No. 1 pick.
NEWS
December 31, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
UNTIL YESTERDAY, whenever I'd hear someone mention Waco, Texas, I'd think of one tragic thing and one funny thing. The well-known tragic thing: the deadly 1993 siege of the nearby Branch Davidian religious compound that killed 84 people, including four federal agents and 25 kids. The little-known funny thing: Waco is home to the Dr Pepper Museum. How hilarious is it that the city has a building with three floors of exhibits devoted to a soda that tastes like Robitussin? Yesterday, though, I learned a wild thing about Waco: Every New Year's Eve, its public-transit system offers free rides to revelers.
SPORTS
December 24, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Fifty-five weeks ago, the Flyers arrived in the Twin Cities to prep for the Minnesota Wild and a game that ultimately took a back seat to news on the trip. On the morning of that Dec. 2 game, the Flyers issued a press release announcing the abrupt resignation of team president and Comcast-Spectacor chief operating officer Peter Luukko. Luukko's sudden cash-out sent shockwaves through the organization, a seismic event that reshaped the foundation of the front office.
NEWS
February 28, 2014
FOR ALL of the Philly theater universe's often breathtaking diversity, Asian-American artists and productions are scarce almost to the point of non-existence. But Rick Shiomi is hoping to change that. Shiomi is the founder and former longtime guiding light of the St. Paul, Minn.-based Mu Performing Arts, an organization dedicated to Asian-American theater. He is currently in the midst of a part-time, four-month residency funded by a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and presented under the aegis of the Asian Arts Initiative and Center City's Interact Theatre.
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December 6, 2013 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Nick Pryor has heard all the jokes. They are good-natured - the product of spending hour after hour, night after cold Minnesota night at the rink and on the road with his father, Flyers director of scouting Chris Pryor. "People tell me all the time I've been a scout since I was 5 years old," Nick Pryor said. "Watching hockey is really the only thing I've ever known. " He just didn't believe this would be him. Not this soon, anyway. Whenever he walked through the doors of a rink, he was always Nick Pryor the hockey player.
SPORTS
December 4, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Skates have been carving the frozen ponds and lakes in the "State of Hockey" for more than 100 years. Before every Minnesota Wild home game, high-school hockey players representing one of the teams whose jerseys dot the concourse at Xcel Energy Center chant in unison with the crowd: "Let's . . . Play . . . Hockey!" Apparently, the Flyers didn't hear them. They also must not have read the two key stats defining this Wild team recently: that it had given up the first goal in seven straight games and also had scored five game-winning or game-tying goals in the final 5 minutes of games in the month of November alone.
NEWS
November 1, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN THE United Methodist Church in Parkesburg, Chester County, needed a shot in the arm, Lavonne Alice Dean was there with the needle. Metaphorically speaking, of course, but Lavonne was a key to the rejuvenation of a church that sorely needed help. Its congregation had diminished to the point that there was a real chance it might go out of business. But Lavonne dived in with her customary energy and devotion, and helped the Rev. Mark Deideman get the institution back on its feet to make it the thriving center of worship it is today.
NEWS
December 11, 2012 | By Jeff Baenen, Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS - After enduring last year's snowless winter, skiers and snowmobilers may have despaired of ever seeing a decent snowfall again. But fans of the wintry outdoors got their wish this weekend when a slow-moving storm dumped up to 16 inches of snow on parts of the Upper Midwest. "With global warming in the back of your mind, you think, 'Jeez, is it ever going to snow again?' " John Munger of Minneapolis said Monday after a morning of cross-country skiing in a western Twin Cities park.
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