St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins made a minor trade Tuesday night, sending John Curtiss, who had been designated for assignment on Monday, to the Angels for 18-year-old infielder Daniel Ozoria. Ozoria, who split time between two Rookie Level teams last season, hit .195/.248/.220 in 51 games. He was signed by the Angels out of the Dominican Republican in 2016. Curtiss, who was the odd man out with the addition of reliever Blake Parker to the 40-man roster on Monday, had a career 7.20 earned-run average in 17 games spanning 15 innings with the Twins over the past two seasons.
EAGAN, Minn. — A few days after formally introducing Kevin Stefanski as offensive coordinator, the Vikings appear to have added additional expertise on that side of the ball. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Vikings will hire veteran coach Gary Kubiak in an offensive advisory role. He will bring a wealth of knowledge to the coaching staff after serving as head coach of the Houston Texans (2006-13) and Denver Broncos (2015-16).
ST. PAUL - The Twins have spent their offseason thus far plugging the holes they needed to fill in the lineup, grabbing first baseman C.J. Cron, second baseman Jonathan Schoop and designated hitter Nelson Cruz. Now, they’ve apparently shifted their attention to patching up the bullpen. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal tweeted Monday that reliever Blake Parker was “expected to come off the board shortly. Landing spot is believed to be #MNTwins.”
WAYZATA, Minn. - Wayzata-based Cargill announced Thursday, Dec. 20, that it plans to sell its grain-malting business to a subsidiary of a French agricultural cereals cooperative. Cargill said it will sell its malt business to Boortmalt, the malt subsidiary of Axereal. The transaction is subject to regulatory and other approvals and is expected to close late next year. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed by the privately owned Cargill.
ALBERTVILLE, Minn. - A longtime St. Michael-Albertville youth hockey coach died this past weekend from injuries he sustained a few weeks ago when he fell and hit his head on ice while coaching, according to a GoFundMe page. Harv Graczyk had coached youth hockey for more than 40 years.
MINNEAPOLIS - Veteran Star Tribune movie critic Colin Covert resigned Monday, Dec. 10, after editors at the Minneapolis newspaper discovered Covert had plagiarized “unique language” used by other critics in at least nine reviews over the past decade. Covert lifted lines, without attribution, from reviews published by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter and the late New Yorker writer Pauline Kael, one of the most famous film critics of the past century.
ST. PAUL - The University of Minnesota Raptor Center last week euthanized a red-tailed hawk that had appeared in a widely shared Facebook photo with an arrow through its leg. The Raptor Center was first alerted to the hawk’s plight on Nov. 30, but its volunteers were initially unable to catch the wounded bird where it was spotted in Brooklyn Center. After a photo of the hawk was posted to the Raptor Center Facebook page and shared widely, a second tip was called in on Dec. 5 and the hawk was captured.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins appear to have replaced second baseman Brian Dozier. According to reports by The Athletic and ESPN, the Twins and former Brewers second baseman Jonathan Schoop have agreed to one-year contract worth $7.5 million plus incentives. Schoop, 27, was an all-star in 2017, when he hit .293 with 32 home runs and 105 runs batted in in Baltimore. But he slumped last season and was traded to Milwaukee. Between the two clubs, he hit .233 with 21 homers and 61 RBIs.
ST. PAUL - A home exploded in St. Paul’s Payne-Phalen neighborhood Friday morning, Nov. 23, sending a fireball into the sky that was reportedly visible from miles away. Some 40 firefighters responded to the scene on the 600 block of Payne Avenue at about 8:30 a.m. One man who was inside the home was pulled from the wreckage and taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital with injuries.
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. -- John Gagliardi, who won more college football games than any coach in history, turning St. John’s into a powerhouse, has died Sunday, Oct. 7, at the age of 91. Gagliardi won 489 games in his 64 seasons, 60 of them leading the Johnnies. He won four national championships, in 1963 and 1965 (NAIA), and 1976 and 2003 (NCAA Division III), before retiring in 2012.