Sports Shorts 2.21.17


(St. Paul, MN) — The Wild are back on the ice tonight hosting the Chicago Blackhawks in the seventh of an eight-game homestand at The X. Minnesota is 4-1-and-1 on the stand so far after Saturday’s 5-2 victory over Nashville. The Wild continue to lead the Western Conference with 84 points. The Blackhawks are second in the Central Division with 77 points.

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Timberwolves are enjoying some more time off before their next game. They will return to action on Friday at home against the Dallas Mavericks. The 22-and-35 Wolves come out of the All-Star break three-and-a-half games behind Denver for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

(Fort Myers, FL) — The Twins continue spring workouts today in Fort Myers. Grapefruit League play begins on Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Opening Day is April 3rd against the Royals at Target Field.

(College Park, MD) — The Golden Gophers hit the road to 24th-ranked Maryland to take on the Terrapins tomorrow night. Minnesota has won five in-a-row after Sunday’s overtime victory over Michigan. The Gophers sit at 20-and-7 on the season and 8-and-6 in Big Ten play. The Terps are 22-and-5 and 10-and-4.

(Grand Forks, ND) — Despite a pair of losses of the weekend, North Dakota isn’t falling too far in the latest college hockey rankings. The Fighting Hawks are 15th and 16th in the national polls. UND will host unranked Omaha this weekend at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

(Ogden, UT) — North Dakota sophomore Geno Crandall is the Big Sky Player of the Week. Crandall averaged 18.5 points, six rebounds and 5.5 assists per game in a pair of wins for UND. The victories pushed the Fighting Hawks into first place in the conference at 12-and-3. UND visits Northern Colorado on Saturday.

(Tulsa, OK) — North Dakota State men’s basketball is trying to keep pace for a conference title at Oral Roberts tomorrow. The Bison also visit Omaha later in the week. NDSU is tied with South Dakota atop the Summit League standings.

Rural Finance Authority Loaning $35 million to Farmers


Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are applauding after Governor Mark Dayton this month signed a fast-track bill making $35 million in loans available to farmers through the Rural Finance Authority.

The Rural Finance Authority had been without funding since December 31st because the legislature didn’t pass a bonding bill.  Officials says there are currently 400 active loans through the agency. Over the past 30 years the agency has made 28-hundred loans, investing over $270 million in Minnesota farms.

The action will allow agricultural producers to refinance ahead of this year’s crop season ..

Critical Injuries Reported in Single Vehicle Roll-Over


A Crookston area man was critically injured Friday, in a one vehicle rollover on Highway #9 in Polk County.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Cameron Johnson, 25, suffered life threatening injuries after he was ejected from the pickup he was driving, after the vehicle left the highway near the intersection with Polk County Road #1.

Johnson was taken to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks,  a condition report was not immediately available.

Officers say the pickup was north-bound on the Highway when it appeared to veer off the road to the east, then across the roadway to the west, vaulting and rolling off hard snow landing on nearby railroad tracks. Johnson, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the pickup and found on the railroad tracks, his injuries described by officers at the scene as life threatening.

Protective airbags in the 2 thousand Chevy Silverado did *not* deploy. State Troopers describe road conditions as dry and say alcohol was *not* a factor in the accident, reported Friday morning just before 11:30am.

Climatologist’s say 2017 may have Warmest February Ever


This could be one of the warmest stretches of February weather, ever, in Minnesota History.

Assistant State Climatologist Pete Boulay, says warmer temperatures will “be here a while”, and that “temperatures will be running 15 degrees above normal, maybe even 20 degrees warmer in the next few days”.

According to The National Weather Service, the record high on this date in the City of Thief River Falls was 44 degrees set in 1981, the record low 32 below zero set in 2008.