Written by: John Maiers Minnesota State University, Mankato’s football team began its 2019 season as it ended - on the road - with one big difference. On September 7, in Marshall, Minnesota, MSU thumped Southwest Minnesota State, 38-23 igniting a 14-game winning streak. Two and a half months later, on December 21 in McKinney, Texas, MSU’s dream of a national championship was extinguished by West Florida. The Argonauts outlasted the Mavericks 48-40 in the NCAA DII championship game. But the Mavericks didn’t go quietly into the winter solstice, and their banner season was an exhibition in week-by-week, 1-0 excellence, including [...]
by John Maiers It seemed so improbable, but, turns out, not impossible. Ask any of the 5,327 fans that jammed the Verizon Wireless Center in downtown Mankato Saturday night. Sports theatre on the biggest stage around. Minnesota State Mankato and Bowling Green clashed to determine the WCHA Playoff Champion and the privilege of holding high the Jeff Sauer Trophy awarded to the winners. The Mavericks playing host as regular season champs and home-ice titans, with the red-hot Falcons playing team-of-prey, confident, owning a two-game series sweep of the Mavericks in mid-December in Bowling Green, Ohio. It took 61 minutes and 37 [...]
A coalition of Twin Cities scientists is urging Governor Tim Walz to stop Line 3, the Enbridge Pipeline that would transport crude oil from Canada through Minnesota for international export. "Governor Walz and Lt Gov Flanagan, Commissioner Kelly of the Department of Commerce, have all indicated that they would like to make decisions on LIne 3 that are based on data and science, we are here to stress that if human well being is our aim, then there is no field of scientific study or strong line of scientific evidence that can be used to support the construction of this pipeline," [...]
The Ag Expo wrapped up from the Verizon Center. Green Seam's Sam Ziegler says it was a way for Mankato to showcase the huge impacts of ag on the area's economy. The ag expo also featured a 3-D printer, trade show and ag crop production.
The legacy of Anthony Ford lives on through many ways, including the annual pond hockey classic that will be taking place this weekend. Anthony was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and died at age 9. Throughout his 18-month battle, Anthony lived his life to the fullest, determined to never allow the disease to interfere with doing the things that he loved, including hockey. Robin Ford is Anthony's mom. She says he picked the number 99 after Wayne Gretzky, who was also called the great one. She says she feels Anthony's legacy is also a great one. This is the [...]