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PHILADELPHIA—The Philadelphia Eagles are the defending Super Bowl champions who are playing more like the team that went 7-9 in Carson Wentz's rookie season. Penalties. Turnovers. Missed blocks. Dropped passes. Squandered opportunities. It's added up to a 2-3 start for the Eagles after they lost 23-21 to the Minnesota Vikings before almost 70,000 restless fans at Lincoln Financial Field.
PHILADELPHIA — The top receiver in the NFL is from Detroit Lakes, Minn. No, let's try that again. One of the best players in the NFL is from Detroit Lakes, Minn. Stop and think about that for a moment. Adam Thielen of the Minnesota Vikings, the former Laker of whom we speak, deserves that respect. No longer is he the local guy who got a $500 scholarship to NCAA Division II Minnesota State Mankato. He is more than that.
MINNEAPOLIS—One play by Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen was everything the Minnesota Vikings were not. Energetic. Exciting. Athletic. Fearless. Joyful. Entertaining. Allen, the Bills' much-touted rookie out of Wyoming, did his best Superman impression near the end of the first quarter of Buffalo's 27-6 thrashing of the Vikings on Sunday, Sept. 23, at an angry U.S. Bank Stadium, hurdling Minnesota linebacker Anthony Barr near midfield for a first down.
FARGO—North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman praised North Alabama for making the move from NCAA Division II to the Division I Football Championship Subdivision. He sees it as the division adding a potentially quality program after losing so many in recent years.
FARGO — Old is new again in Big Stone Lake. The narrow, 26-mile long lake along the Minnesota-South Dakota border about 125 miles south of Fargo-Moorhead recently got another influx of lake sturgeon, a prehistoric-looking fish common to Big Stone's waters for centuries before water-quality degradation and damming of the Minnesota River that flows out of the lake caused their demise.
FARGO — Ricky Marquart did the right thing. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of his graduation from West Fargo High School with old friends and classmates on June 14, he found himself in the Silver Dollar Bar early the next morning. So he ordered a Lyft ride from the app on his smartphone. The driver, identified as Travis on the app, arrived promptly and drove Marquart home. The ride took 13 minutes, from 2:21 a.m. until 2:34 a.m. on July 15, according to the receipt Marquart received on his phone.
FARGO—Billie Sutton has a story to tell about how he's gotten to the point of having a puncher's chance of being South Dakota's next governor. It involves a young man possessing a bright and unlimited future, having that path he'd paved disappear in an instant, followed by a new future that might end up in the governor's mansion. Pretty good stuff, no? Particularly when you take into account Sutton happens to be a Democrat in a state that glows about as red politically as its neighbor to the north.
FARGO—From defending a peeping Tom as "a very good man" to saying that all chain-link fences are created equal, whether they are holding children like caged dogs or simply enclosing a playground, it's been a rough past few weeks for Kevin Cramer.
WOODWORTH, N.D.—The alleged level of deception is stunning and the number of lies staggering, really, in court documents involving the Woodworth, N.D., woman accused of running an adoption scam. And it was all for a shot at $1,800, or maybe a little more. There's most likely not a price tag you can put on the confusion and heartbreak it caused.
MINNEAPOLIS — The most talked-about moment of the Minnesota Twins home opener at Target Field happened before the game. As part of the special ceremony to kick off the Twins' 58th season, a bald eagle named Challenger was supposed to swoop into the stadium during the national anthem and land on its trainer's gloved hand.