Apr 1, 2024 - News

The Spoon: Mankato is the new Titletown

A man with brown skin shouts with joy and holds up a trophy that says "National Championship" as blue confetti sprays behind him.

Kyreese Willingham of the Minnesota State Mavericks celebrates with the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship trophy. Photo: Dylan Buell/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

🀘 Both Minnesota State University basketball teams won NCAA Division II titles over the weekend. It's only the second time in history that one school's men's and women's teams have been national champs in the same year. (Mankato Free Press)

🐺 Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez insisted they will be the Minnesota Timberwolves' next owners despite Glen Taylor's recent proclamation that the deal is off. (Sportico)

πŸ—οΈ A new plan for revitalizing development in downtown St. Paul centers on 5th Street. The thoroughfare connects the biggest destinations in the urban core and a key light rail stop but is currently lined with shuttered storefronts. (Star Tribune)

🌿 The city of Wayzata is considering opening its own municipal recreational cannabis dispensary some time next year. (Business Journal)

πŸ’ St. Paul will host college hockey's Frozen Four men's national championship in April, but no Minnesota schools will be represented. The Gophers, the only team to make the tournament, lost 6-3 to Boston University on Saturday. (KTTC)

πŸ– 'Ozempig' will remain the name of the St. Paul Saints' porcine mascot despite criticism of the team for fat-shaming. "There was no maliciousness," a team official said. (AP)

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