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JIM THIELMAN: When The Ragamuffin Becomes Fact, Print The Ragamuffin

John Ford’s “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence” might be the most aching, life-ain’t-fair western film. Told in long flashback, it ends with a newsman trashing the notes from an interview that revealed who really pinged an ornery outlaw. “You’re not going to use the story?” asks Jimmy Stewart’s tired, flawed hero. The newsman explains, “This is the West. When …


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RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — F-M RedHawks Vs. Texas Airhogs

Leo Pina to hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the F-M RedHawks to a 6-2 American Association baseball win over the Texas Airhogs on Sunday at Newman Outdoor Field in Fargo. With the win, the RedHawks improved to 6-4 while the Airhogs fell to 2-8. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)


TOM COYNE: Back In Circulation — No More April Mauers, But Can Twins Become Powers?

I think I’m experiencing a different kind of March madness this year. Instead of going crazy about hoops, I feel like I’ve been jumping through too many of them. At the start of the month, I was constantly getting plowed and it had nothing to do with alcohol. Everything in sight was white. Shoveling mountains of snow was a daily …

JIM THIELMAN: Maybe Oliva Is Too Good For The Hall Of Fame

After we arrived at the expansive field on the outskirts of Cooperstown, N.Y., that smoldering Sunday in July 2001 for Kirby Puckett’s Hall of Fame induction, Tim, Shari and I needed to visit the port-a-potties, all blue, lined in a row by the road. We joined one of the dozens of human anaconda lines packed with tomorrow’s sunburn victims. A …

TOM COYNE: Back In Circulation — Baseball: Best Of Times Or Worst Of Times?

The All-Star Break has come and gone and baseball junkies can go back to their daily fixes this weekend as a full schedule of games resumes Friday. But the annual downtime in mid-July has again ramped up discussion about the general state of the game. Just by chance, I attended the Minnesota Twins’ final game before the break. It seemed …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — Grand Forks Royals Post 6 Vs. East Grand Forks Post 157

The Grand Forks Royals Post 6 jumped out to an early lead and overcame a fierce comeback by East Grand Forks Post 157 to claim a 14-10 American Legion baseball win Tuesday night at Kraft Memorial Field in Grand Forks. The Royals jumped to a 8-2 lead before falling behind 10-9. Brock Reller and Coby Tweten each went 4-for-5 at …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — FM RedHawks Vs. Lincoln Saltdogs

The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, behind a 4-for-5 performance at the plate by Devan Ahart, defeated the Lincoln Saltdogs 11-6 in American Association baseball play Saturday at Newman Field. Ahart had a home run, scored four runs  and added three RBI, while teammate Keury De La Cruz had a homer and four RBI. The winning pitcher was Will Solomon, who threw 5 1/3 …

TOM COYNE: Back In Circulation — Making Sense Out Of Our Futility

As I drove across town Thursday on one of the first lovely afternoons in an otherwise lousy spring, I attempted to put a positive spin on life in Minnesota. Sure, we’ve had April temperatures 30 degrees below normal. And yes, I could still see, out of the corner of my eye, those dirty, lingering snow piles along the side of …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Vs. Kansas City T-Bones

The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks rode the pitching of Tyler Alexander to a 5-0 win over the Kansas City T-Bones on Tuesday night at Newman Field in Fargo, and photographer Russ Hons was there. Alexander allowed just three baserunners (one hit and two walks) while striking out 13 batters in the American Association game. Third-baseman Josh Mazzola drove in three runs with a …

TOM COYNE: Back In Circulation — As Hopes Peter Out, Twins Become Sellers

The dog days of August have arrived and our favorite baseball team is apparently “rebuilding” again. For the better part of four months, the Minnesota Twins teased local fans with a brand of ball just good enough to make us believe there was hope. In fact, as recently as July 20, the Twins were within a half-game of first place …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — Grand Forks Blues Vs. Casselton

The 2017 season of the Grand Forks Blues ended Friday with a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Casselton in the North Dakota Class A American Legion Tournament at Kraft Memorial Field in Grand Forks. The Blue trailed 3-0 going into the seventh and scored two runs before leaving the bases loaded in the loser-out game. Parker Monette had three hits for the Blues, …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — American Legion Baseball: Grand Forks Royals Vs. Fargo Trappers

The Grand Fork Royals took two games from the Fargo Post 400 Trappers in North Dakota Class AA American Legion play Friday night at Kraft Field in Grand Forks. The Royals won the first game 5-0 and the second 7-3. The first game was the completion of a game started June 13 in Fargo that was halted in the second inning …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — American Legion Baseball: Grand Forks Post 6 Vs. Fargo Post 2

A lot of people believe that’s there’s nothing better to do on a nice summer night than go to a baseball game. And that’s exactly what Grand Forks photographer Russ Hons did Wednesday night. Here are some of the photos Russ took of the American Legion game between host Grand Forks Post 6 and visiting Fargo Post 2 at Kraft Field …

MIKE BRUE: Cubs-Indians World Series Game 7 Ranks As One Of The Best — But THE Best . . . .?

For high drama, Wednesday-into-Thursday’s historic World Series Game 7 between the long-suffering Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians franchises made for worthwhile baseball viewing and listening. In my case, it was some of both. Thank goodness for car radios. A cleanly played game? Not really. You could question some of the unorthodox managerial decisions, too.  Still, the contest featured enough some …

TOM COYNE: Back In Circulation — Trending To The Back In The Front Office

As another steamy summer slips slowly southward, I’ll remember this one for two reasons: monstrous Midwestern mosquitoes and batches of bad baseball. Yes, our lawn has never looked greener in late September,  but I’m looking forward to the fall. I would imagine the Minnesota Twins are, too. It seems we’ll both be eager to get the bugs out. While the …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — Fargo-Moorhead Vs. Wichita Wingnuts, May 29, 2016

The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks lost 14-4 to the Wichita Wings on Sunday at Newman Outdoor Field but still picked up their first series win of the season in American Association baseball play. The RedHawks defeated Wichita 13-3 on Friday and 7-3 on Saturday. They are now 5-5 on the season and are two games behind the 7-3 St. Paul Saints in …

CHUCK SCHUMACHER: Coach Chuck — Training Young Athletes: Finding The Balance

A few years ago while I was teaching a karate class at my gym, a mother and her son arrived for the youngster’s first private karate lesson. As they sat down to wait for the lesson to begin, I noticed the boy was sitting on his mom’s lap — he was 12 years old. An hour later, another 12-year-old arrived …

TOM COYNE: Back in Circulation — Baseball Can Be Worth The Wait

The major league baseball playoffs are in full swing and if this year’s early games are any indication, we could be in for a memorable fall.  There have already been masterful pitching performances, monstrous home runs, odd plays and plenty of drama.  Toss in the fact that the four teams still alive haven’t won a World Series in at least 22 years …

TOM COYNE: Back In Circulation — Grading The Twins

As a college broadcasting instructor, it’s my responsibility to give each of my students an update on his or her performance about halfway through each semester.  The report is designed to praise students for their positive achievements, offer suggestions on how they might improve in other areas and, maybe most importantly, catch any trouble spots before it’s too late. While …

JEFF TIEDEMAN: Straight From The Vest — Twins Bandwagon Gets Crowded

There’s been a lot of joy in Mudville this past week. Let me clarify that. Minnesota Twins fans like me have a lot to be happy about these days. Our “Boys of Summer” share first place with the Kansas City Royals in the American League’s Central Division with a 28-18 record. They also are tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for …

JEFF TIEDEMAN: Straight From The Vest — Bring On The Baseball

Have you ever had the lyrics of a song rolling around inside your head that you just can’t get rid of, no matter what you do? I think just about everyone of us has experienced that. I remember years ago, a co-worker of mine, Andy Braford, used to get absolutely flustered when another colleague of ours would sing or recite the lines …

JEFF TIEDEMAN: Straight From The Vest — Twins Caravan: A Winter Respite

Few things offer a respite from the cold and snow than the thought of baseball. And for those who needed a break from the weather, the 55th annual Minnesota Twins Winter Caravan provided just that Wednesday morning at Perkins restaurant in Grand Forks. Starting pitcher Kyle Gibson and reliever Caleb Thielbar were joined by radio announcer and former Twins outfielder …