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MANKATO — In the world of the COVID-19 pandemic, campus visits are prohibited.

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There’s been a lot of “Mount Rushmore” talk over the past few months, so I’ve decided to get in on the fun and turn it into a series.

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MANKATO — The Northwoods League will resume play in North Dakota in June. The plan is for the league’s Wisconsin teams to begin playing baseball on July 1.

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Organized team sports still aren’t completely back, but things appear to be moving in that direction.

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In most summers, the Hart and Wojcik families would already be hosting Mankato MoonDogs players and attending games, enjoying time at Franklin Rogers Park.

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Minnesota State football coach Todd Hoffner said that in Division II, you’re always trying to justify how much money is spent on athletics so anytime you’re forced into cost-saving decisions, there’s concern that budget cuts may become permanent.

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings, like the rest of the NFL during this virus-restricted offseason, have been forced to rely on virtual instruction over video conference calls between staff and players.

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Since Matt Margenthaler became the men’s basketball coach at Minnesota State 20 years ago, he’s been pretty good at supplementing the roster with transfers.

The big news of the week is more like a running rumor: Players union and major league management are reportedly negotiating details for a truncated season that would open around July 1.

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The Minnesota fishing opener seemed to go well, with some social distancing challenges overcome as plenty of people were on the water, trying to locate elusive walleye.

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If you’re a runner, you’ve likely had plenty of time to work at your craft this spring. It’s one of the few things that can still be done with COVID-19 spreading.

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Last season, the South Dakota School of Mines men’s basketball team used an eight-player rotation, but four of those players graduated and three more had decided to transfer.

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While he expects it to be a little cold on the water Saturday for the annual Minnesota fishing opener, the fishing should warm you up, said Craig Soupir, area fisheries supervisor at Waterville.

MANKATO — Minnesota State athletic department officials have made some operational changes for the summer, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and campus shutdown.

MANKATO — The Minnesota State men’s hockey team will play 17 home games next season, but the first six games will be on the road.

MANKATO — Minnesota State as made changes to its schedule for summer athletics camps, necessitated by COVID-19 pandemic.

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Coming out of Mankato East, Dez Bassett said it was important that he receive a scholarship to play football, so he went to Division II Concordia-St. Paul.