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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.

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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.

Enjoy.

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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