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Minnesota Brawlers Football Team Preps for Season
By Rob Lawson
September 17, 2015

The Minnesota Brawlers semi-pro football team, formerly Mankato Brawlers, is preparing for an exciting season this year.

With just a couple years under their belt and plenty of struggle starting out, the team's roster and dedication has since grown and the team is ready to start building community support and a growing fan base. Home games are likely to be a mix of two locations, with planned home turf in Burnsville and Mankato.

According to team owner, Trever Coxworth, Mankato still needs to improve its facilities and continue building more for football games. FULL STORY

Brawlers Defeated by Pioneers
By Rob Lawson
June 24, 2016

The Minnesota Brawlers Semi Pro Football Team in the NEFL lost to the St. Paul Pioneers Wednesday. The final score was 56-7. The team will play the Minnesota Valley Warriors from Minnetonka area next weekend. The game is scheduled for Saturday. Both teams hope to take third seed in the p... FULL STORY

Minnesota Brawlers Face Top Ranked National Team
By Rob Lawson
May 6, 2016

The Minnesota Brawlers head to Des Moines tomorrow to play a nationally ranked team from Des Moines, the Blaze. The Brawlers first exhibition game of the season was a blowout against the Midwest Outlaws the weekend before last. FULL STORY

Brawlers Shut Out Outlaws: Video
By Rob Lawson
May 3, 2016

Minnesota Brawlers defeated Midwest Outlaws last week in a shutout. See the video footage taken at the event. FULL STORY

MN Brawlers Football Season Pass Donates $ to UW
By Rob Lawson
April 1, 2016

If you buy season passes in 2016 for the Minnesota Brawlers semi pro football team home games, played in Madelia and Nicollet this year, you will also be helping a local community organization. For every $25 season pass that is sold on Eventbrite, Mankato Gazette Community Store, Slanted Mag or ... FULL STORY

Coach Says MN Brawlers Have National Potential
By Rob Lawson
March 15, 2016

The head coach for the Minnesota Brawlers semi professional football team thinks the team has huge potential to be a national contender if they beat the top ranked northern teams. The Brawlers joined the ranks of the elite Northern Elite Football League, or NEFL, this year, the team's third year... FULL STORY

MN Brawlers Unite with United Way at Mens Event
By Rob Lawson
March 8, 2016

The Minnesota Brawlers semi-pro football team joined up with the United Way this past weekend and lent its hands to the local not for profit community organization. The Greater Mankato Area United Way held a men's event to introduce men in the community to United Way programs, principles and eve... FULL STORY

DNR: Gigantic Carp Caught on Minnesota River
By Rob Lawson
February 24, 2016

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Tweeted a photo today of a Bighead Carp caught on the Minnesota River. A bighead carp was caught by a commercial angler last week on the Minnesota River near New Ulm, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The 25-pound male... FULL STORY

Petition to Dayton & DNR to End 'Thrill Kill' Hunt
By Rob Lawson
January 12, 2016

A petition has begun to circulate the world wide web in favor of putting an end to a traditional hunt for sport in Minnesota. Scott Slocum of White Bear Lake, Minnesota is attempting to appeal to Governor Mark Dayton, Commissioner Tom Landwehr and Bob Meier of Minnesota's Department of Natural R... FULL STORY

Vikings Loss to Seattle a Major Upset
By Rob Lawson
January 12, 2016

It might be the biggest upset in the NFL right now, during playoffs. The Vikings loss to Seattle Seahawks drove many hard feelings for the team's kicker who missed a 27-yard field goal attempt. Many fans took their rage out on social media like Twitter and Facebook. Others, already familiar with... FULL STORY

Vikings Head Into Seahawks Game Amidst Cold Temps
By Rob Lawson
January 9, 2016

The Minnesota Vikings have excelled further than expected on the field this season. Their offense and defense in the football game is solid and has performed well. Teddy Bridgewater has continued to show stellar performance, alongside others on the team. It has been 39 years since the Vikings ha... FULL STORY

DNR Announces New Regulations for Anglers
By Rob Lawson
January 2, 2016

Following public review that wrapped up this past fall, fishing regulations will change on 17 lakes and one stream starting in March, while existing regulations on five lakes will become permanent, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. The changes involve three types of regulations ... FULL STORY

Vikings Showdown with Packers After Giants Loss
By Rob Lawson
December 28, 2015

Minnesota's record is now 10-5 after defeating the New York Giants Sunday in Minneapolis. The Vikings are now within reach of stopping the lead of the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North, a top spot they have held for five years. The big game will be next Sunday at Lambeau Field in Wisconsin, Vik... FULL STORY

Vikings Dominate Bears Early On Leading to Victory
By Rob Lawson
December 22, 2015

The Minnesota Vikings demolished the Chicago Bears on Sunday at the Gophers' TCF Stadium at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Teddy Bridgewater continued to prove his value as a player, breaking personal bests including four touchdowns in a single game and running the ball in for a goal hi... FULL STORY

Turkey Hunting Opportunities Expanded Says DNR
By Rob Lawson
December 14, 2015

Hunters this spring will get more time to enjoy being outdoors while trying to bag a wild turkey, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. Turkey hunting time periods will be longer, all will include weekends and more time periods will be available to each hunter. Five one-week time ... FULL STORY

Vikings Down a Notch in Record After Loss
By Rob Lawson
December 7, 2015

Minnesota's record will not improve due to two significant events in the NFL last week: the Vikings lost miserably to the Seattle Seahawks Sunday and the Detroit Lions lost to Green Bay Packers earlier last week. The final score on the upset from Seattle was 38-7. This brings the Vikings' record... FULL STORY

MN Vikings Top 3 in Conference After Win Sunday
By Rob Lawson
November 29, 2015

Minnesota's odds as an NFL contender for the playoffs are starting to look pretty darn good indeed. They are in the top three teams in their conference, the NFC, behind only Arizona and Carolina. They advanced to first in their division after the Packers lost on Thanksgiving to the Chicago Bears. Mi... FULL STORY

Vikings a Wild Card Team Even After Packers Game
By Rob Lawson
November 23, 2015

According to the Daily Norseman, a publication run by sports niche publisher SBNation, the Minnesota Vikings are a Wild Card team at a number 5 seed position. They were on a hot streak beating team after team this season. Now their record stands at 7-3. In a major upset Sunday, the Vikings' bigg... FULL STORY

MSU Mavericks Beat MN Gophers in OT Over Weekend
By Rob Lawson
November 18, 2015

The MSU Mavericks beat the Minnesota Gophers over the weekend in a surprise overtime upset for the Gophers. The win was a victory for the season for the Mavericks as both teams compete for best in the state of Minnesota. The game was played at Mariucci arena on Saturday. MSU will face Northe... FULL STORY

Mavericks Face Gophers in Hockey This Weekend
By Rob Lawson
November 13, 2015

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks hockey team will battle with the University of Minnesota Gophers men's hockey team. U of M faced Notre Dame last week. In a video posted on Twitter, the team all agreed last week's game was big and is setting a pace for the Gophers. Eric Schi... FULL STORY

Vikings Overtake Rams
By Rob Lawson
November 9, 2015

The Minnesota Vikings beat the St. Louis Rams yesterday in NFL football for the title of first in the NFC Northern Division. That brings the Vikings to a record of 6-2 this season so far. The final score was 21-18. Bridgewater scored six points in the third quarter after running in a touchdo... FULL STORY

Scarlets Lose Saturday's Game Against St. Michael
By Rob Lawson
November 9, 2015

Mankato West High School Scarlets Football team lost against St. Michael Albertville High School on Saturday, November 7. The final score was 31-28. Stewartville and Becker played the previous day. Becker defeated Stewartville, 34-14. FULL STORY

Vikings Gain Big Over Chicago
By Rob Lawson
November 1, 2015

According to the Associated Press and NFL recaps, Adrian Peterson ran for 103 yards and Blair Walsh kicked a 36-yard field goal giving Minnesota Vikings a 23-20 win against Chicago's battered Bears on Sunday. The Vikings' Jay Cutler got a 4-yard touchdown with less than five minutes remaining. Th... FULL STORY

Vikings Celebrate Victory over Chargers Sunday
By Rob Lawson
September 28, 2015

The Minnesota Vikings won Sunday against the San Diego Chargers in Minneapolis, 31-14, a huge upset for San Diego. Adrian Peterson ran a couple huge plays for touchdowns in today's game, while one player was taken out to be examined for a concussion after slamming helmets with another Viking def... FULL STORY

MN Wild Wins Big Against Winnipeg, 8-1
By Rob Lawson
September 28, 2015

The Minnesota Wild played the Jets Sunday night. The Wild's Matt Dumba scored two on the Jets of Winnipeg, according to the Brandson Sun. The score of the game in Winnipeg was 8-1. They face the Colorado Avalanche October 8. Scores and Schedule Upcoming Schedule: Sat, Oct 10 vs Blu... FULL STORY

Vikings Dominate Lions at TCF Stadium
By Rob Lawson
September 20, 2015

The Minnesota Vikings dominated the field at TCF Stadium in Minneapolis today against the Detroit Lions and moments were so tense between the two teams at a couple of points tempers flared after plays on the field. The Vikings beat the Lions by 10 points. The final score was 26-16. During the fi... FULL STORY

Twins Beat Angels
By Rob Lawson
September 20, 2015

The Los Angeles Angels only managed to score one run on the Minnesota Twins, who scooped up 8 against the west coast team today. The game was played at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis. The American League final was just after 1 p.m. in Minnesota. The Twins scored one in the second innin... FULL STORY

Brawlers Practice at Land of Memories
By Rob Lawson
September 17, 2015

The Minnesota Brawlers semi-pro football team held their first practice at Land of Memories Park in Mankato Sunday, September 14 at 4 p.m. The team ran several drills in preparation for the new season. They will play their first game in Princeton on September 19. The Brawlers #2 Ray Bibbens ... FULL STORY

Meetings to Improve Wild Turkey Hunting Season
By Rob Lawson
September 4, 2015

How to increase hunter opportunity and satisfaction during the spring wild turkey season will be the focus of four public discussion meetings the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host in late September and October. “These are regional discussion meetings where we’re asking citizen p... FULL STORY

Twolves Mascot at State Fair in MN
By Rob Lawson
September 4, 2015

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced that Crunch, the playful wolf mascot, will be at the Minnesota State Fair this year. Crunch will be located at the Fan Central station. FULL STORY

Small game hunter survey results released
By Rob Lawson
August 27, 2015

With the exception of ruffed grouse hunters, fewer game bird hunters took to Minnesota’s fields and forests in 2014, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources annual small game survey. In 2014, the number of pheasant hunters was 57,590, representing a decrease of 7 percent from 2... FULL STORY

Proposed bag limit in 6 counties for sunfish
By Rob Lawson
August 18, 2015

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold two meetings to discuss proposed experimental fishing regulations for sunfish on six lakes in the Little Falls fisheries management area: Long (Higgins), Moose, and Maple lakes in Todd County; Green-Prairie Fish and Sullivan lakes in Morrison C... FULL STORY

Hunters can harvest Canada geese in August
By Rob Lawson
August 6, 2015

Hunters can hunt Canada geese in west-central Minnesota from Saturday, Aug. 8, through Sunday, Aug. 23, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Individual hunters are allowed to shoot up to 10 Canada geese per day, but there is no limit to the number of Canada geese a hunter c... FULL STORY

Conservative deer season set to rebuild population
By Rob Lawson
July 29, 2015

Licenses on sale Aug. 1 Hunters can expect another conservative deer season in 2015 as management continues to rebuild deer numbers across much of the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. “The 2015 deer hunting regulations will be quite similar to last year, with one-deer... FULL STORY

Twins Beat Yankees Pants Off Friday
By Rob Lawson
July 25, 2015

The Minnesota Twins pro baseball team beat rival east coast team New York Yankees Friday, 10-1. According to the team Twitter profile, this is the first time since 2004 that the Twins have scored 10 on the Yankees. Also, Phil Hughes racked up some great stats with a five win streak completed ... FULL STORY

Fishing in Mille Lacs Yields Near Walleye Quota
By Rob Lawson
July 24, 2015

This large w:walleye on the shores of w:Mille Lacs Lake greets visitors to w:Garrison, Minnesota. Todd Murray via Wikipedia Commons. Strong catch, warm weather push Mille Lacs walleye fishery toward state quota Other fishing on Mille Lacs unaffected, remains strong and near record highs The... FULL STORY

TWoves Draft to Make History
By Rob Lawson
June 25, 2015

The NBA Draft will be historical likely for the Minnesota UPDATED: The Timberwolves picked Karl-Anthony Towns for the number one pick in the league. As previously reported: Timberwolves who will get the first pick, with LA Lakers and other teams like 76ers, Knicks and Magic for the top five ... FULL STORY

DNR studies muskie to improve fishing for anglers
By Rob Lawson
June 14, 2015

Researchers carefully hoist a huge muskellunge onto a boat. They record its measurements, identify the sex of the fish, scan an electronic tag implanted in the muskie and return it to the lake where, one day, it could take an angler’s lure and provide a long-remembered thrill. Collecting informat... FULL STORY

Twins offer free hat through partnership with DNR
By Rob Lawson
May 12, 2015

Anyone with a 2015 Minnesota hunting or fishing license can receive a free camouflage Twins logo baseball cap by being among the first 500 to buy through a special Minnesota Twins ticket offer online at www.mndnr.gov/twins. “Baseball fans who love the outdoors can watch the game in person and get... FULL STORY

Young ZLine Celebrates a Birthday
By Rob Lawson
April 27, 2015

A Minnesota Viking celebrated his 24th birthday Sunday, April 26, 2015. The young player Zachary Line is a Football fullback for the Vikes. He played college football at Southern Methodist He was born May 26, 1990 in Oxford, MI. FULL STORY

MSU Football Players Volunteer to Clean Up
By Rob Lawson
April 15, 2015

As part of a community clean-up volunteer project, 75 Minnesota State University, Mankato football players helped with clean-up Mankato Friday, April 10 in the Poplar Street and Sibley Parkway area, along with several other areas. Garbage bags for the clean-up were provided by the city of Mankato. ... FULL STORY

Next MAD Girls Derby Bout Coming Up
By Rob Lawson
April 4, 2015

Get ready for quality entertainment and athletics at the Verizon Wireless Center this April with the Mankato Area Derby Girls (MAD Girls) roller derby team. Mad Girls Roller Derby 7 p.m., Saturday, April 25 In other MAD Girls news, and in the local entertainment category of news, the MAD Gi... FULL STORY

Seahawks Choke, New England Takes Superbowl 2015
By Rob Lawson
February 1, 2015

The Seattle Seahawks played a great game up until the last moments of the game in the last quarter. A fight actually broke out and the Seahawks received a penalty for unnecessary roughness. The Patriots held strong and were up in the beginning of the game, volleying with the Seahawks for the lea... FULL STORY

Sturgeon Recovery and Angling Opportunities
By Rob Lawson
January 16, 2015

Lake sturgeon continue recovery in Rainy River and Lake of the Woods A recent lake sturgeon population study in Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River illustrates the slow, steady sturgeon population recovery owing to cleaner water, effective fishing regulations and vigilant enforcement – a succes... FULL STORY

Vikings beat Bears
By Rob Lawson
December 28, 2014

The Minnesota Vikings were victorious over the Bears, 13-9. The Vikings scored one touchdown in the third after nothing in the second. New Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater gained a lot of confidence and people are taking note in the NFL and media coverage. The game was played on home turf in Mi... FULL STORY

Embarrassing loss for Vikings Though Good Start
By Rob Lawson
December 15, 2014

The Minnesota Vikings got off to a good start with 14 unanswered in the first half or more of the game, however the Detroit Lions came back and defeated them 16-14. The Vikings suffered many follies the latter half of the game with unexploited clock time, embarrassing fumbles and interceptions th... FULL STORY

Adrian Peterson May Consider New Options
By Rob Lawson
December 15, 2014

Adrian Peterson released statements that could seem bitter, but also in good business interest for the former Vikings quarterback replaced interim by rookie Teddy Bridgewater. Peterson was in legal trouble after admitting to the mistake of hitting his 4-year-old child with a switch. Peterson was ... FULL STORY

DNR closes wolf season in northeast Minnesota
By Rob Lawson
December 11, 2014

Wolf hunting and trapping in the northeast zone will close for 2014 at the end of shooting and trapping hours on Friday, Dec. 5, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The harvest target for the northeast zone during the 2014 late firearms season was 35 wolves. There were 30 ... FULL STORY

Top Sports Headlines December
By Rob Lawson
December 11, 2014

Lots of hubub about Jon Lester and a reported/rumored $155 million contract with the Chicago Cubs? Twitter's abuzz. The Vikings pulled off a win in overtime against the New York Jets. Lakers players all wore "I can't breathe shirts" in social protest of the case of the New York police officer... FULL STORY

Gophers Defeat Womens Mavericks in Hockey
By Rob Lawson
November 26, 2014

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks faced off on the ice with the Minnesota Gophers, who have had an impeccable record compared with the Mavs' winless one so far this season. According to Betsy Halfand, covering sports for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Gophers dominated over the ... FULL STORY

Hunters register 111,000 deer through 3rd weekend
By Rob Lawson
November 26, 2014

Minnesota hunters registered 111,000 deer through the third and last weekend of firearms deer season, down 31,000 from the same period in 2013, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. So far this year during special hunts and the archery, early antlerless and firearms seasons,... FULL STORY

Conservative 2014 Deer Season to Rebuild Herd
November 3, 2014

By Tom Landwehr, commissioner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Like more than 400,000 others, I am anxiously awaiting Saturday, Nov. 8, when Minnesota’s firearms deer hunting season begins. There’s nothing like it. The days of advance scouting. The physical struggle of putting up the... FULL STORY

Mankato named host of pheasant opener
By Rob Lawson
October 19, 2014

Gov. Mark Dayton announced Oct. 10 that the city of Mankato has been chosen as the host community for the 2015 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. “I want to thank the people of Mankato for putting together a fantastic plan to host next year’s Pheasant Opener,” Dayton said. “The communi... FULL STORY

Waterfowl Hunting Safety Reminder from DNR
By Rob Lawson
September 26, 2014

With many duck hunters anxiously preparing for the Sept. 27 Minnesota opener, the Department of Natural Resources is reminding everyone to think safety on the water, especially during waterfowl season. In 2013, two people died in duck hunting related boating accidents. One fatality was caused by ... FULL STORY

DNR Names New Ulm Man Firearms Instuctor of Year
By Rob Lawson
September 26, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently named Steve Rykhus of New Ulm as its 2014 firearms safety instructor of the year. One of the DNR’s 4,500 safety instructors from across the state, Rykhus is a certified firearms, advanced hunter education, deer clinic, waterfowl, bow, ATV, an... FULL STORY

DNR Digital Tools for Hunting
By Rob Lawson
September 19, 2014

Hunters making plans for upcoming seasons can get scouting and other services from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources digital tools. “Hunters have access to maps and aerial photos that can help in finding new hunting opportunities,” said Jay Johnson, hunter recruitment and retention superv... FULL STORY

High School Sports Results This Week
By Rob Lawson
September 16, 2014

Here is an update on local high school sports: Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial B Squad volleyball took out Mankato West yesterday. Mankato East defeated the 10th-ranked Rochester Lourdes 3-0 at Thomas O. Anderson Fields yesterday. Mankato East 9th grade football won 50-32 over West last nig... FULL STORY

Mav Women's Volleyball Predicted to Be 8th Overall
By Rob Lawson
September 16, 2014

The Minnesota State University volleyball team hosted the Maverick Invitational this past weekend. The team posted a 2-1 record, according to a press release from MSU, jumping them to 4-3 on the season. On Friday, the team bested Upper Iowa 3-1, before taking a loss to Wayne State 3-1. Finishing... FULL STORY

Mankato Marthon Comes to Town in October
By Rob Lawson
September 12, 2014

The annual Mankato marathon race will take place in Mankato in October. Fitness events have become a popular lifestyle event and Mankato has certainly capitalized on their effect. Mankato hosts several runs including the recent nighttime SLPEEPLESS run in Sibley Park, the Mankato Mud Run, BuyFun... FULL STORY

Twins Not Doing So Hot
By Rob Lawson
September 8, 2014

The Minnesota Twins are not doing so hot. They have lost four games in a row. The twins were beat by the Los Angeles Angels in their last game. The score was 14-4. The team will face the Cleveland Indians tomorrow through Thursday, then they will play against the Chicago White Sox over the we... FULL STORY

Vikings Got Early Season Momentum, Rams Lose
By Rob Lawson
September 8, 2014

Minnesota football fans are happy and it looks the momentum is building for the team that has a new coach and very fresh roster of players including Teddy Bridgewater. But veterans like Adrian Peterson are also part of the regiment. NBC Sports said that Mike Zimmer has had the most notable perfo... FULL STORY

All Wins for Mavericks: Kolstad, Team and Coach
By Rob Lawson
September 5, 2014

In a moment in time that can be considered inspiration to an entire community, Isaac Kolstad, Todd Hoffner and the Minnesota State University Mavericks all felt pride in their victory, not just the 31-0 football game win against St. Cloud State but also in Kolstad's amazing recovery and Hoffner's re... FULL STORY

Peterson is Vikings' Secret Weapon, New Offense
By Rob Lawson
September 2, 2014

Adrian Peterson is the Minnesota Vikings' secret weapon, at least according to a recent ESPN article. The Vikings have played three preseason games with a tight new offense that hasn't included their star veteran running back, Peterson. He has sat on the sidelines. Peterson is 29 years old, a... FULL STORY

MAD Girls Final Roller Derby Home Bout Results
By Rob Lawson
August 28, 2014

The final home turf bout of the season for the Mankato Area Roller Derby Girls (MAD Girls) was August 23 against the Attackonites. They won and their Facebook page proudly announced the results: "What a night for the MAD Girls! Final score 192 to 186! It was an amazing game!!! Awards went to ... FULL STORY

In Extra Innings, MoonDogs Beat by Chinooks
By Rob Lawson
August 28, 2014

The Chinooks beat the MoonDogs in last nights amateur baseball game in Mankato. Levi Scott hit a home run in the ninth inning for Mankato's MoonDogs but it wasn’t enough to best the Chinooks last night. The MoonDogs lost a 13-inning battle to Lakeshore's Chinooks 5-4 on Thursday night at Frankli... FULL STORY

Learn basics of hunting birds: pheasant, grouse
By Rob Lawson
August 25, 2014

Anyone who wants to learn the basics of hunting birds like pheasants or grouse is invited to attend a program for those who have limited or no experience hunting upland birds, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Upland Bird Day is 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13, at t... FULL STORY

Dove season opens Sept. 1
By Rob Lawson
August 12, 2014

Minnesota’s mourning dove hunting season begins Monday, Sept. 1, and continues through Sunday, Nov. 9, with hunters allowed to shoot 15 doves each day, and have 45 in possession. This is the 11th season of dove hunting in Minnesota, where about 13,000 hunters harvest about 100,000 doves each year... FULL STORY

Mankato Mets Best Rochester Royals
By Rob Lawson
August 9, 2014

In amateur baseball, the Mankato Mets overtook the Rochester Royals on Friday. At the top of the ninth inning, Mankato Mets scored three solid runs, shutting down the game for the Royals on their home turf at Mayo Field in Rochester. Rochester only managed to score one run in the game, in the... FULL STORY

DNR: Plan for MN Fishing Tournaments
By Rob Lawson
August 7, 2014

Anglers and others who want to host fishing tournaments in 2015 can apply now, and will find an application form at www.mndnr.gov/fishing/tournaments, the Department of Natural Resources said. Applicants should consider: The application period opened Friday, Aug. 1, and preference is gi... FULL STORY

Moondogs Lose to Bucks, 8-5 Final Score
By Rob Lawson
July 20, 2014

The MoonDogs started coming back in the eighth inning, as their twitter page detailed. They tweeted that they could get within three, but that's where the game ended. By nine innings time, the score was set at 8-5 in favor of Waterloo over Mankato. By the end of the seventh inning, the score was... FULL STORY

Viking Training Camp Breakdown
By Rob Lawson
July 20, 2014

The Minnesota Vikings will be in training camp again this summer at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MNSU or MSU, as its locally referred dating back from Mankato State University). This coming week will bring new faces to the team such as Teddy Bridgewater, the rookie quarterback that this ... FULL STORY

Mankato Roller Derby Gets a Win Against Mason City
By Rob Lawson
July 19, 2014

The Mankato Area Dirby Girls, or MAD Girls, took a win against Mason City's Dames of Anarchy, or DOA tonight (July 19). The final score turned out to be 224-144. FuzzTalk Radio tweeted an Instagram pic of the final score displayed on a projector at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. The MAD ... FULL STORY

DNR: Boaters Not Following Invasive Species Laws
By Rob Lawson
July 16, 2014

This summer, the Department of Natural Resources is finding too many boaters and other water users taking unacceptable and illegal risks by transporting aquatic invasive species (AIS). So far this season, watercraft inspectors have found more than 1,300 boaters at public water accesses with aquat... FULL STORY

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Applications Open
By Rob Lawson
July 16, 2014

Youth ages 12 to 15 can apply for the chance to hunt waterfowl under the guidance of experienced mentors on Minnesota Youth Waterfowl Day, Saturday, Sept. 13. “Mentored hunts teach youth about waterfowl habitat and techniques for safe and enjoyable hunting,” said Mike Kurre, mentoring program coo... FULL STORY

MAYBA Blue Jays Team Photo Submission
By Rob Lawson
July 3, 2014

Ryan Perrino and Blue Jays Submitted by Ross Perrino, Mankato. FULL STORY

Prairie Hunt Chicken Lottery Starts Today
By Rob Lawson
July 2, 2014

Starting July 1, hunters can enter a lottery for one of 126 permits available for the 2014 Minnesota prairie chicken season. Applications are available wherever Minnesota Department of Natural Resources hunting and fishing licenses are sold. The deadline is Friday, Aug. 15. “Having a prairie c... FULL STORY

Walleye Stocking a Success Despite Weather
By Rob Lawson
July 2, 2014

On the lake’s surface at the end of a fishing line, a splash and the flash of gold confirm the success. It’s a walleye, perhaps the most sought-after fish species in Minnesota. For many anglers, moments like these are a direct result of skill, persistence and sometimes a little luck. But often, t... FULL STORY

Madden Game May Help Vikings QB Bridgewater Train
By Rob Lawson
June 28, 2014

Rookie Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, according to sources, uses the EA Madden video game to learn their plays, in addition to his time on the real field. The Vikings training camp takes place at Minnesota State University, Mankato in July. Vendors and fans will come to sell loc... FULL STORY

A Maverick in the Major Leagues
June 12, 2014

By Jordan Carrillo Out of all the drafts that occur throughout sports, baseball is one of the least popular to watch. Mostly due to the fact that it’s more drawn out than any TNT drama. However, if anyone did happen to catch a glimpse of the MLB draft on Saturday June 7, you’d probably recogniz... FULL STORY

The Mavericks are Stomping the Competition
June 12, 2014

By Jordan Carrillo Usually with college programs, especially sports programs, nobody expects greatness year after year after year with much success; however, the Minnesota State Mavericks have proven a lot of people wrong. In the calendar year for MSU sports programs, 10 sports teams made it... FULL STORY

The Moondogs Still Had Some Fight in Them
June 12, 2014

By Jordan Carrillo On June 11, 2014, the Moondogs stormed their way back by scoring five runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning to cap off an 8-5 victory of the St. Cloud Rox. Although the Dogs started the game out slow and sluggish, with two outs in the bottom of the sixth and down 5-1... FULL STORY

Loyola Uses JWP’s Mistakes to Its Advantage
May 27, 2014

By Jordan Carillo Mankato Gazette Intern Baseball is a game where one mistake can cost your team the victory and the Janesville Bulldogs didn’t get the memo. Prior to their game with the Loyola Crusaders, the Bulldogs had only committed six errors through 14 games, according to local sources. ... FULL STORY

St. Peter-Fairmont Double Header Ends in Draw
May 27, 2014

By Jordan Carillo LMP Intern Due to countless rescheduling conflicts, the St. Peter Saints have had a grueling few weeks. Don’t believe it? The Saints have played 13 of their 20 regular season games in just 15 days. Although tiring, the Saints have remained competitive. For example, last week ... FULL STORY

The Panthers Show Their Claws
May 27, 2014

By Jordan Carillo LMP Intern On May 16, the New Richland Panthers softball team won with ease against the Medford Tigers 10-1, according to local sources. The victory brings the Panthers’ record to 12-8 on the year while the Tigers drop to 4-8. The game also brings an end to the Panthers’ r... FULL STORY

Let’s Have a Talk about Michael Sam
By Rob Lawson
May 20, 2014

Editorial By Jordan Carrillo We knew this day would come. We knew that a gay man would reveal himself to the world in one of the professional sports. Jason Collins proclaimed his sexuality to the world earlier this year and has remained on the Brooklyn Nets since. However, his story has nearly... FULL STORY

No More Love for the T-Wolves?
By Rob Lawson
May 20, 2014

By Jordan Carrillo As if sports in Minnesota couldn’t get anymore somber. Kevin Love, the dominant power forward/center who averaged 26 points and 12 rebounds per game this season, has been rumored to be traded from the organization. Yahoo Sports announces that Love has “no plans to remain with... FULL STORY

Statewide bass season opens May 24
By Rob Lawson
May 14, 2014

Anglers can catch and keep bass starting Saturday, May 24. Anglers can generally keep six largemouth and smallmouth bass combined. A guide to telling the difference between the two can be found on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website at www.mndnr.gov/fish/bass. Some bodies of wat... FULL STORY

Fishing Licenses from the DNR
By Rob Lawson
April 23, 2014

Resident married couples can obtain an annual combination fishing license for $35, compared to $44 for two adult individual licenses, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Asking a spouse, child or friend to go fishing is one way to start a tradition, said Jenifer Wical, of... FULL STORY

Maverick Women Competing Hard in Track & Field
By Rob Lawson
April 18, 2014

The Minnesota State women's track and field team met stiff competition they longed for last weekend in Witchita, Kansas. The Mavericks headed to Wichita State University for the K.T. Woodman Classic and Gustavus Adolphus College to compete in the Lee Krough Invitational. At the Lee Krough Invita... FULL STORY

Bike Clinic at the North Mankato Taylor Library
By Ann Swartz
April 4, 2014

The North Mankato Taylor Library is partnering with the Nicollet Bike Shop to provide a bike clinic on how to change a flat tire. The clinic will be held on Thursday, April 10 starting at 7pm at the North Mankato Police Annex with Nicollet Bike Shop staff showing participants the tools to use i... FULL STORY

Deer Season Listening Sessions from DNR
By Rob Lawson
March 12, 2014

Deer hunters are invited to attend one of a series of listening sessions jointly hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA). “We’ve been hearing that deer numbers are too low and this year’s severe winter is exacerbating those concern... FULL STORY

New Minnesota Fishing Regulations
By Rob Lawson
March 5, 2014

Fishing regulations for 2013 expired on Friday, Feb. 28. The 2014 regulations now are available online. People who fish also must possess a 2014 fishing license. Licenses are available from any agent, online at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense and can be purchased directly from your mobile device. FULL STORY

DNR closes wolf season in northeastern Minnesota
By Rob Lawson
December 18, 2013

The 2013 wolf hunting and trapping season in northeastern Minnesota closes at the end of shooting hours on Wednesday, Dec. 18, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Notice of the season closing was posted Tuesday evening, Dec. 17, when hunters and trappers had harvested 30 wolves. By ... FULL STORY

Archery Deer Hunt
By Rob Lawson
October 18, 2013

The annual archery deer hunt held in Rasmussen Woods begins October 12 and will last through the end of archery season in December. Bowhunters participating are required to pass a proficiency test. This purpose of the deer hunt is to cull the deer herd as recommended by the Minnesota Department o... FULL STORY

Vikings Make The Playoffs With 37-34 Win Over Pack
By Casey Conroy
December 30, 2012

The Vikings and Packers met Sunday in Mall of America Field for playoff seeding and contention. With both teams hot, the Packers winning 4 of their last 5, and the Vikings winning 3 of their last 4 - both teams look different than when they last met in week 13. The Packers have the chance to secure ... FULL STORY

Vikings D Carries Them To Victory 23-6
By Casey Conroy
December 23, 2012

With cornerback Chris Cook coming back into the Vikings lineup, Minnesota will hope he will be able to do what he did against Calvin Johnson (who just broke the all-time league receiving yardage record last night set by Jerry Rice) vs. the Lions back in week - hold one of the league's top receivers ... FULL STORY

Vikings Get Key Road Win Against Rams 36-22
By Casey Conroy
December 16, 2012

Both the Vikings, and Rams entered Sunday vying for playoff spots. Both started the year more or less written off, with critics guessing each would improve, but ultimately fail to make any impact in the post season playoff hunt. But both will be unable to make it. Sunday's action was paramount in de... FULL STORY

Vikings Get Much Needed Win 21-14 Vs Bears
By Casey Conroy
December 9, 2012

With the visiting Chicago Bears losing 2 of their defensive leaders in Sunday's game - cornerback Tim Jennings who leads the league in interceptions this year, and long-tenured middle linebacker Brian Urlacher the Vikings were in position despite losing Percy Harvin to injury reserve for the year to... FULL STORY

Vikings Offensive Woes Continue Losing To GB 23-14
By Casey Conroy
December 2, 2012

Both the Vikings and Packers enter Sunday licking their wounds with several key players on each team being out with injury. The Packers will be missing their first round draft pick, right tackle Bryan Bulaga, giving up a team total of 5 sacks last game against the Giants. The Vikings will be wishing... FULL STORY

Bears Outclass Vikings 28-10
By Casey Conroy
November 25, 2012

As the Vikings enter this week 11, they head into one of the most difficult stretch of games in the league facing opposing teams with a combined record of 41-17-1. With Harvin ruled out again, and Jay Cutler of Chicago back from a concussion, how would things pan out? Would Ponder function as versat... FULL STORY

Vikings Bye Week Quandries
By Casey Conroy
November 18, 2012

Another year, another bye week in Minnesota Vikings football. Not a week too soon, with wide receiver Percy Harvin out with injury, the team needs all the rest it can get before going into one of the toughest 6 game stretches to finish the regular season in all of the league, starting with the NFC N... FULL STORY

Vikings Win It In Offensive Contest 34-24
By Casey Conroy
November 11, 2012

When the Lions visited the Vikings Sunday, it looked like a match of two teams heading in different directions, with Detroit winning their last 3 of 4, and Minnesota losing that many over the last four. With the men in blue leading the league in passing, and the Viking passing game struggling in rec... FULL STORY

Ponder Struggles As Seahawks Down Vikings 30-20
By Casey Conroy
November 4, 2012

In a battle of young star running backs, the Vikings headed to Seattle on Sunday hoping get back on track after a home loss to an up and coming Buccaneers team. With Green Bay nipping at Minnesota's heels vying for second place in the NFC North the men in purple had a lot to work for. Here is how th... FULL STORY

Buccaneers Stomp Vikings 36-17
By Casey Conroy
October 29, 2012

The 2-4-0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers came to town off the heels of a win in Mall Of America last year with a revamped offense and nail biting loss to the New Orleans Saints last week, looking for blood. This, against a Minnesota team who are 1-5 in Thursday night games in recent times with a quarterback ... FULL STORY

PSA: ATV Permits Now Available
By Casey Conroy
October 23, 2012

According to Blue Earth County: The Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners recently adopted an ATV ordinance allowing the use of all-terrain vehicles and mini trucks on county state aid highways and county roads within Blue Earth County by permit which is required as part of State statute. A... FULL STORY

Peterson Carries Vikings To Victory 21-14 Over Ari
By Casey Conroy
October 21, 2012

In a battle of two surprise 4-2 teams Arizona came to Minnesota with some questions marks: How will second string quarterback John Skelton perform? How will the running game perform with not only the first string running back out, but the second string back out too against a staunch Minnesota run de... FULL STORY

Mankato Marathon Traffic Details
By Rob Lawson
October 17, 2012

The Mankato Marathon begins at 7:30 a.m., Sunday, October 21 at Minnesota State University, Mankato in the parking lots along Stadium Road. During this event some Mankato streets will be closed and traffic will be redirected for the safety of runners and drivers. It is recommended to plan ahead if d... FULL STORY

Redskins Run All Over Vikings 38-26
By Casey Conroy
October 14, 2012

As the Vikings return to Washington for the second year in a row, there as some new sights in town with Redskins rookie Quarterback Robert Griffin III leading things. Here is a breakdown of Sunday's game. 1st Quarter: Returning to the site of Adrian Peterson's devastating ACL/MCL tear last year, ... FULL STORY

Vikings Throttle Visiting Tennessee Titans 30 - 7
By Casey Conroy
October 8, 2012

In what many considered a lopsided affair the Vikings looked themselves in the mirror of last year’s 3-13 team as a struggling 1-4 Tennessee Titans team came to town. Here is a quarter-by-quarter breakdown of the game. 1st Quarter: With backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in place of starter Jake... FULL STORY

Vikings Handle Visiting 49ers 24-13
By Casey Conroy
September 25, 2012

In a game where the reigning NFC West champion San Francisco 49ers were heavily favored, Minnesota stepped up to the challenge and delivered. Here is a breakdown of Sunday's action: 1st Quarter: On the Vikings first drive QB Christian Ponder capped a long 7 minute, 35 second drive of 16 plays... FULL STORY

Colts outlast Vikings 23 - 20
By Casey Conroy
September 18, 2012

1st Quarter: QB Christian Ponder drives Vikings down on a long drive and gets Blair Walsh in position for 51 yard field goal, pulled a bit to the right but goes in with ease, 7:12 left in the 1st. The defense showed great effort despite getting no sacks on first drive, with DE Jared Allen just barel... FULL STORY

Vikings Eek Out Victory Over Jags In Season Opener
By Casey Conroy
September 11, 2012

It was a battle of wills down to the very end of a 26-23 overtime victory for the Vikings in the season/home opener. Starting from the return of Adrian Peterson after his disastrous knee injury last season vs. Washington to late game drama and a narrow victory this was one to watch. Here is a... FULL STORY

Vikings final Preseason game Drive-By-Drive
By Casey Conroy
August 31, 2012

Thursday’s final preseason game in Houston at Reliant Stadium vs. the Texans can be summarized in one word: Offense. Both teams aired it out, and ran all over each other. It may have just been 2nd, and 3rd stringers but with the constant threat of injury these are the guys who every team will need a... FULL STORY

Mankato Receives Bike-Friendly Award
By Rob Lawson
May 18, 2012

Since this week is National Bike to Work Week and May is National Bike Month, there are hundreds of events and thousands of riders celebrating bicycling nationwide. Locally, the cities of Mankato and North Mankato are celebrating too because they have been designated a "bronze" Bicycle Friendly Com... FULL STORY

Rosa Parks Athletic Facility Grand Opening
By Rob Lawson
May 18, 2012

At 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, plan to attend a historical grand opening celebration of the new community athletic fields co-located at Mankato Area Public Schools' Rosa Parks Elementary School, 1001 Heron Drive, Mankato. This is a rain or shine event. Hundreds of youth are expected to attend th... FULL STORY

Gone for a week
By Rob Lawson
March 27, 2012

Submitted by Jordan Carillo, Mapleton, via Facebook I can’t believe it… I’m gone for a week and all this sports news happens? Peyton Manning signs with the Denver Broncos, Tim Tebow is traded to the New York Jets, Tiger Woods wins a PGA event since 2009, and Sean Payton of the New Orlean Saints i... FULL STORY

Taking the Game by the Horns
By Rob Lawson
May 20, 2014

By Jordan Carrillo The Mavericks know how to win and their baseball team epitomizes this mindset after defeating Emporia State 6-3 Sunday. The win solidified Minnesota State University Mavericks’ third consecutive NCAA Central Region Championship and fourth in five years. The win also brings ... FULL STORY

Sports Update
By Rob Lawson
November 19, 2011

West was defeated at the Metrodome in Minneapolis in the AAAA semi-final football playoffs. The Scarlets may not have been prepared for the offense of the Lumberjacks, which yielded them 551 yards, scoring four touchdowns of 45 yards plus, defeating West 45-26. Mankato West sophomore swimmer Dan... FULL STORY