On plenty of days the writer can write three or four pages, and on plenty of other days he concludes he must throw them away.

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The first day of March has many thinking spring thoughts, so let’s start with a question from Daniel about spring training: Why do the Twins train in Ft. Myers?

Mark Rosen’s been covering the Twins at spring training in Fort Myers since their first year there in 1991.

The Twins trained in Orlando from when they were the Washington Senators. The last season there was in 1990. Fort Myers wanted the Twins the most. Orlando didn’t need spring training as much, but Fort Myers wanted the tourism.

The Twins facility there is not just for spring training; they’ve got the minor league Ft. Myers Miracle playing and the Gulf Coast League Twins. The space has five full fields, offices — the whole deal, really.

Next Question:

You may have seen the commercials for Free Credit Reports.

But they’re not exactly free. Most…

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Miss WCCO-TV’s High School Sports Rally Friday night?

No worries.

We’ve got all the winter high school sports highlights, including matches at the state wrestling tournament.

There’s also stories on the Vanelli Brothers of St. Thomas Academy and the Timberwolves’ Andrei Kirilenko.


Highlights; Wrestling State Tournament

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2 Coaches, 1 Winning Style At St. Thomas Academy

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Andrei Kirilenko’s Russian Childhood; Other Stories

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Ten years ago, two brothers — Tom and Greg Vannelli — took over as coaches of the St. Thomas Academy hockey team.

“It was more about, ‘Lets get back to a program that’s a nice institution like St. Thomas,'” Greg said. “And the winning just happened to evolve with it.”

They’ve won their share — side by side to state titles.

“We’ve been pretty close our whole life,” Tom said. “We’re Irish twins. It’s easy to get a feel for each other.”

They are winning again this season.

Tom is the product of a coach who he admires — a demanding man named Herb Brooks. Tom played for him with the Gophers and the lessons have not been lost to this day.

“I think the passion … and trying to think outside the box,” Tom said. “I don’t think we’ve been satisfied…

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Parents Are People Too

This post offers a quick, not tested, but good first step for parents worried about an unhappy teen.  Start with this poster:


PARENT ADVICE about depression

How many of the Happiness Rules listed above do you follow?  Probably not all.  That is why forgiving self is one of the rules.  Minimally, doing what has to be done despite mad, bad or sad feelings is what most of us manage to do.  Not so when caught in the grips of depression.

Depression also destroys respect for self and others, the ability to laugh and play, and to forgive life, others, and ourselves.


The  pushing of children to “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” or “Be All You Can Be” code words for “Be a Star,” need reality checking.  The poster  focuses on reality based happiness.

I suggest all parents think about discussing the Happiness Rules at a formal or informal family…

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Car Confessions in Beirut

1.Lamborghini is a super car company that has been named after its founder Ferruccio Lamborghini. Ferruccio Lamborghini founded the company when he was 47 years old.

2. The fastest Lamborghini car in the world (Murcielago R-GT) has a top speed of of 370 km/h.

3. In 1963, when Lamborghini was founded, it first manufactured tractors for several years.

4. The most expensive Lamborghini ever sold was the Lamborghini Reventon, for $1,600,000.

5. Many of the cars are named after Spanish legends.


6. The first Lamborghini was the 350GTV from 1963.

7. Lamborghini was once an independent company, but is now owned by Volkswagen AG together with Audi.

8. Most Lamborghini cars had a v12 engine except for the Gallardo, which has a v10.

9. The owner of Lamborghini first drove a Ferrari when he started the company, but the car had a constant nagging clutch problem which frustrated him to…

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Thirty With Parents

Sorry, I used to be a teacher, I sort of have a thing against children getting killed.

As a teacher you learn to develop lines.  There are things that you would never dream of saying in front of a student, or a parent, or a fellow teacher.  “Rape is my anti-drug,” is clearly one of those things.  That’s a very hard line.  As a teacher you are sternly anti-drug & against the legalization of it in any way shape or form.

But we’re not in a classroom, & to be honest, in this current environment, my chances of landing another teaching job are slim to none.  There is a war on teachers & a war on history & I’m at the losing end of both.  So fuck it.

Rape is my anti-drug.


How can I say that?  I must be an asshole.  Rape is a terrible thing.  I’m not joking…

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*UPDATE 02/02/13: The Package Tour featuring NKOTB, 98Degrees and BoyzIIMen which was scheduled for Saturday, July 13th has been moved to Saturday, July 20th.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Hear that Minneapolis? That was the sound of 20- and 30-somethings screaming for the boy band memories of their youth.

New Kids On The Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men have announced they will kick off a summer tour together — and it’s coming to Minneapolis.

Coined as “The Package Tour,” the three mega boy bands will hit the road on May 31, stopping at the Target Center in Minneapolis on July 13. This is the first tour for 98 Degrees in more than 12 years.

20th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party - Arrivals

“Ladies, we’re coming for you,” said NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg. “This is going to be the craziest year yet-the single, the album, the tour with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men … We can’t wait to…

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