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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards won't have an inaugural ball to celebrate the start of his second term in office, a disruption to tradition caused by college football's national championship game.

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GRAND MARAIS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota judge on Wednesday ordered that a former member of the “Miracle on Ice" U.S. Olympic hockey team should be committed to a secure treatment facility, saying the hockey star is mentally ill and dangerous.

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — It's only natural to ask two questions of a North Dakota State team that has won seven of the last eight Football Championship Subdivision titles and garnered the No. 1 seed again this year after blowing out nearly every opponent despite having a new coach and freshman qua…

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Derek Shelton's garage is clean, the byproduct of the Pittsburgh Pirates' drawn out managerial hiring process, one that took extended after the club fired general manager Neal Huntington in late October.

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SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have all of their questionable defensive standouts available for the game against the Minnesota Vikings with Jadeveon Clowney, Jarran Reed, Mychal Kendricks and Al Woods all active.

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PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California high school football team has lost in a championship game one year after a deadly fire destroyed most of their town, including the homes of most players and coaches.

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NEW YORK (AP) — A no-name entrant at this month’s New York City Marathon — literally, he didn’t even qualify to have his name printed on his bib — Girma Bekele Gebre crashed the elite field and finished third in the largest 26.2-mile race in the world.

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MINNEAPOLIS — The empty display case in the locker room at Wisconsin has created a daily source of purpose this year for the players passing by — the unwelcome memory of watching Minnesota hoist Paul Bunyan’s Axe on their home field.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Defenseman Jared Spurgeon had a goal and two assists, Zack Parise stayed hot and Minnesota scored three goals in a 4:13 span of the second period to cruise to a 7-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Friday.

Obituaries

Vernon T. Brown, 81 of St. Peter and formerly Milaca, passed December 4, 2019. Service: 11:00am Friday, December 27th - Catholic Church of St. Peter, St. Peter with visitation at 10:00am. Condolences can be left at www.saintpeterfuneralhome.com.

Karen Laray Fischer, age 74, of Eagle Lake passed away on November 30, 2019. Mankato Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements. Karen was born on April 24, 1945. She cared deeply for her family and friends, and had a strong affection for plants and animals. She was known for her sen…