There's a long standing tradition with the Duluth East hockey program. It starts at the top with head coach Mike Randolph who is in his 30th season as the bench boss. He's been around long enough to coach multiple generations of Greyhounds.
There was a lot of added pressure for Hermantown head coach Patrick Andrews who took over the reigns of a program that had made an appearance at the state tournament for eight straight seasons. During the process, he learned to put his trust in his players.
There's always a bit of a transition period when you bring in a new head coach to any team. For the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey program, they've have three different head coaches the past three straight seasons. The Lumberjacks admit their start to this season was a bit bumpy, but they seem to be clicking when it counts.
Grizzly bears are spreading into new areas of the U.S. Northern Rockies, expanding from remote wildernesses and into low-level farmland near Yellowstone National Park. The expansion comes amid a legal fight over proposed hunting.
U.S. officials are asking a federal appeals court to allow grizzly bear hunts in and around Yellowstone National Park. Government attorneys say a lower court judge was wrong to require a review of grizzlies everywhere before lifting protections in the Yellowstone Region.
Fort Snelling State Park will remain closed through June because of flooding and damage from a hefty winter snowpack and heavy spring rains. The park is located at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers in the Twin Cities.