William Wilcoxen Feature Archive

For the second time in seven months, a Minnesota sports team could see its post-season journey end in Anaheim. Last fall, baseball's Twins were ousted by the Anaheim Angels. Now it's the Anaheim Mighty Ducks who have the Minnesota Wild on the ropes. Anaheim's 4-0 victory Wednesday night, gives them a commanding 3-0 game lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference Finals. Another loss would end the Wild's surprising Stanley Cup playoff run. (05/15/2003)
The Minnesota Wild are heading to Anaheim still searching for their first goal in their Stanley Cup playoff series with the Mighty Ducks. The Wild now trail the best-of-seven series 2-0, following a 2-0 loss Monday night. The next two games are in Anaheim, and the Wild need at least one win just to bring the Western Conference Finals back to Minnesota for a game five. (05/13/2003)
The Minnesota Wild have done it again. The Wild's 4-2 victory over the Canucks in Vancouver on Thursday night completed Minnesota's second straight come-from-behind win of a Stanley Cup playoff series. On the brink of elimination, the Wild beat Vancouver three times in a row -- just as they did in their first round series with Colorado. It's an unprecedented feat in hockey and it means the Wild will now host Anaheim in the start of the Western Conference Finals. The game thrilled thousands of Minnesota fans who stayed up to watch it on television. (05/09/2003)
The Minnesota Wild keep surprising the hockey world. They beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-1 in St. Paul Wednesday night to push their Stanley Cup playoff series into a decisive game seven, which is Thursday night in Vancouver. The game marked the fifth time this spring the Wild have pulled out a victory when a loss would have ended their season. (05/08/2003)
The Minnesota Wild again find themselves in a three games to one hole in a Stanley Cup playoff series. Friday night's 3-2 overtime win by Vancouver gave the Canucks a commanding lead in the best of seven second round series. (05/03/2003)
It was a bad night for Minnesota's two playoff teams. The Minnesota Wild lost to the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 Tuesday night in St. Paul, They now trail the Canucks two games to one in their Stanley Cup playoff series. Across the river in Minneapolis, the Minnesota Timberwolves lost by 30 points to the Los Angeles Lakers in their NBA playoff game. (04/30/2003)
The Minnesota Timberwolves bounced back from a 19-point loss in game one by walloping the Los Angeles Lakers 119-91 at Target Center last night. The victory means the best-of-seven series is tied at one game apiece as the teams travel to Los Angeles for games three and four. (04/23/2003)
Minnesota's hockey season continues. The Minnesota Wild thrilled an overflow crowd in St. Paul Monday night, defeating the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in overtime. With their second straight victory, the Wild pushed their Stanley Cup playoff series with favored Colorado into a decisive game seven, Tuesday night in Denver. (04/22/2003)
The Minnesota Timberwolves opened a playoff series on their home court for the first time on Sunday, but home court advantage was not enough for the T-Wolves, as they fell to the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers 117-98. (04/21/2003)
After an 11-year absence, hockey's Stanley Cup playoffs are back in Minnesota. The Minnesota Wild, however, are still waiting for their first home-ice goal of the playoffs. The Wild were shut out by the Colorado Avalanche in game three of their playoff series in St. Paul Monday night. (04/15/2003)
Budget cuts threaten city funding for St. Paul's nine part time recreation centers. What would be lost if those centers close? Can others provide those services? (03/12/2003)
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team has made itself at home in what was once considered the men's arena. The larger capacity of Williams Arena is needed to accommodate the biggest crowds in the Big Ten Conference, who are flocking to see the Gopher women. (02/27/2003)
Mendota Heights is considering a developer's proposal to build town homes on a hill with a commanding view of the Twin Cities. Critics say the construction would alter the historic, sacred character of Pilot Knob. (12/20/2002)
As local governments finish the annual budget process, they are holding public hearings to give property taxpayers a chance to comment on the tax bills they'll get in the new year. This year the meetings occur against the ominous backdrop of a big state budget deficit that has cities, counties -- and taxpayers -- worried about what the future holds. St. Paul residents who attended the Truth in Taxation hearing Tuesday night expressed some of those worries. (12/11/2002)
Baseball hero Kirby Puckett is due to stand trial in February on charges he dragged a woman into a restaurant bathroom and groped her there. How does the dynamic of a trial change when the defendant is a celebrity? (12/02/2002)