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It’s been a March to forget for Minnesota sports fans, who were still recovering from a disastrous Vikings season. Pioneer Press sports columnist Charley Walters put it into perspective on Tuesday when he wrote that “The last victory from among the Timberwolves, Wild, University of Minnesota men’s basketball and Gophers men’s hockey teams came 18 days ago — March 11 — when the Wolves upset Utah 122-101.” Walters credited Twin Cities Stew Thornley for that depressing nugget of information. Fortunately, that string of losses was broken by a Minnesota Wild victory Tuesday night.

Combine the Minnesota sports malaise with a winter that just won’t seem to go away (Did we hear talk of snow in the forecast?) and you have the makings of a pretty depressing situation.

It looks like it’s up to the Minnesota Twins to bail us out of our early spring sports funk. There are reports that there’s actually green grass on Target Field already. The team’s pitching staff seems to be coming together. Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau have been playing ball rather than nursing injuries on the bench. Thoughts of watching a competitive baseball team on a warm, sunny afternoon are about all we have to hang to for now.

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with Causecast.org — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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