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GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Ryan Donato provided all the goal scoring for Team USA, tallying two power-play goals, to propel his country over Slovakia here, 2-1, during pool play Friday, Feb. 16. Netminder Ryan Zapolski stopped 21 shots, setting Team USA up for a pivotal matchup Saturday against the Olympic Athletes from Russia.
WASHINGTON — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz will be the keynote speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast dinner Thursday, Feb. 8. North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer made the announcement in an interview on KXJB-TV. Wentz, the former North Dakota State University star, will replace Vice President Mike Pence, who will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the Olympic opening ceremonies.
BROOKINGS, S.D.—Mike Daum and David Jenkins Jr. took turns dominating halves for South Dakota State on Thursday night at Frost Arena. That scoring combination proved too much for North Dakota State to overcome. Daum scored 21 points in the first half and Jenkins poured in 18 points after halftime to vault the Jackrabbits to an 82-63 victory in Summit League men's basketball before 3,377 fans. Daum finished with a game-high 31 points and surpassed 2,000 points for his career during the second half. The 6-foot-9 junior also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Lynx re-signed forward Rebekkah Brunson, the team's all-time leader in rebounds, the team announced Thursday, Feb. 1. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not announced.
FARGO — The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota urges fans to use every precaution possible to ensure Super Bowl tickets they buy are legitimate. Minneapolis is hosting Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles playing at U.S. Bank Stadium. With demand high and ticket prices for the big game starting around $3,500 before fees, the stakes are raised.
Football fans and the merely curious will watch the Sunday, Feb. 4 Super Bowl from Minneapolis, but most will have no idea that the game is only the best known part of a 10-day festival. Using the theme "Bold North," tourism officials and the National Football League have put together a collection of activities that range from celebrating all things winter to meeting NFL players. Many of the 30-plus events were designed for the Super Bowl, but ones like St. Paul's Winter Carnival were modified to fit with the Super Bowl's schedule.
Protesters blocked entrances to Wells Fargo in downtown Duluth on Friday, Jan. 12, including the security gate, preventing the bank from opening. Members of the Duluth Police Department, including Chief Mike Tusken, are negotiating with three protesters locked onto a door and the gate in an effort to end the protest.
Pop performer Pink will sing the national anthem before the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, the NFL and NBC announced Monday, Jan. 8. It will be Pink’s first performance at a Super Bowl. Justin Timberlake, as previously announced, will headline the halftime show Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium. Pink’s 2018 Beautiful Trauma World tour is set to kick off on March 1 in Phoenix.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings have signed coveted Canadian Football League receiver Brandon Zylstra, a former standout at Concordia, to a reserve/future contract. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Zylstra led the CFL with 1,687 receiving yards for the Edmonton Eskimos this past season. One of Zylstra’s many recent NFL workouts included a stop at Winter Park on Dec. 8.
WASHINGTON—Minnesota gets a new U.S. senator on Jan. 3. A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Al Franken said on Wednesday, Dec. 20, that the senator will resign on Jan. 2. Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is to be sworn in the next day. The announcement puts to rest rumors that Franken will decide to stay in office after announcing two weeks ago that he would resign over sexual misconduct allegations. At the time, he only said he would leave the Senate "in coming weeks." That produced speculation that he may opt to remain in office.