William Wilcoxen Feature Archive

Plaques of Kirby Puckett and Dave Winfield now hang just a few feet from those of Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Puckett and Winfield were inducted in Cooperstown, New York, and many Minnesotans were on hand to mark the occasion. (08/06/2001)
The Minnesota Vikings are struggling to cope with the sudden death of one of the team's top players. Tackle Korey Stringer died early Wednesday morning after collapsing from heat stroke following practice at the football team's training camp in Mankato. (08/01/2001)
Summer youth sports leagues are heating up around Minnesota, just as the thermometer is sticking in the 90s. Heat, fatigue, and the pressure of a big game are a combustible combination, not just for the players but for their parents as well. (07/19/2001)
Emergency officials and volunteers are helping with cleanup following the tornado that swept through parts of northwestern Wisconsin Monday night. (06/19/2001)
Several dozen scholars, attorneys, policymakers, and law enforcement personnel put their heads together at the University of Minnesota Thursday to take a closer look at the issue of racial bias in Minnesota's criminal justice system. (06/14/2001)
In the next several days, the sports world will crown some national champions. Pro basketball and college baseball will bestow their titles. But another championship is going on in Minnesota. Bicyclists from around the country have gathered in Blaine for the National Track Cycling Championships, which continue through Saturday. (06/14/2001)
President George W. Bush will focus on energy when he visits St. Paul this week. The president is scheduled to make a speech on energy policy to an invitation-only audience of Twin Cities business leaders. President Bush will also tour the plant that heats and cools most of the buildings in downtown St.Paul. Here's a look at what the president will see. (05/16/2001)
The assembly line brought a dramatic change to 20th-century manufacturing by allowing products to be mass produced. At the start of a new century, technology is again changing manufacturing by allowing more products to be custom-made. In an age of computers and robots, even the job skills needed to work in manufacturing are becoming more specialized. (05/09/2001)
St. Paul officials say the Charlie Brown hotline is one of the hottest lines in town. Many in the capital city are optimistic the follow-up to last summer's popular series of Snoopy statues will be even more successful. The promotion is part of the city's tribute to St. Paul native Charles Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip. Organizers say dozens of St. Paul businesses have lined up to sponsor the Charlie Browns. (05/02/2001)
Norm Coleman used his final State of the City speech to take an imaginary journey through Saint Paul in the year 2004. The technique allowed Coleman, who is not seeking a third term as mayor, to count as successes a number of projects still in the works and some that are not even that far along, including three new pro-sports facilities. (03/14/2001)
Kirby Puckett and Dave Winfield have been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame, in their first year of eligibility. Winfield is a St. Paul native whose 22-year major league career included a couple of seasons with the Minnesota Twins. The biggest celebration was for Puckett, who during his 12 years in Minnesota became one of the Twins' best and most popular players. (01/17/2001)
A citizens panel put together by the Minnesota Twins to look at the baseball team's future has finished its work. After six months of study, <i>Minnesotans for Major League Baseball</i> says the state risks losing the Twins unless the team gets a new ballpark combined with financial reforms in big-league baseball. (01/11/2001)
The National Football League's top executive spent much of Friday at the Capitol talking to lawmakers about the idea of a new stadium for the Vikings. The team doesn't have a specific proposal, but Commissioner Paul Tagliabue's visit signals that the Vikings are gearing up their efforts. (01/05/2001)
The victors in the Minnesota-Iowa football game get more than a win in the standings. They get the honor of hoisting a bronze statue of a pig onto their shoulders as they march off the Metrodome field. "Floyd of Rosedale" goes home with the winning team in a college football rivalry that dates back nearly a century. One of the most memorable "Floyd" showdowns occurred 40 years ago, in Minnesota's last national championship season. (11/16/2000)
Minnesota's fourth congressional district is staying in Democratic hands with Betty McCollum's victory over Republican Linda Runbeck and the Independence Party's Tom Foley. McCollum is only the second woman in state history to be elected to Congress and the first in more than 40 years. (11/08/2000)