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  • Female ski jumpers finally make their Olympic debut
    For the American women's ski jumping team, just getting to Sochi is a huge accomplishment. The sport is making its Olympic debut today, in large part because of a decade of advocacy from jumpers Lindsey Van and Jessica Jerome.February 11, 2014
  • Seeing Sochi Day 5: Our favorite Olympics photos
    Today's Olympic highlights include: Norway won double gold in the cross-country freestyle sprints; Canadian Dara Howell won the gold in women's slopestyle skiing; and the first qualifying round for men's snowboard halfpipe began.February 11, 2014
  • Minnesotans get mixed results in Sochi so far
    It's another busy day at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Among the sports on today's schedule: pairs figure skating, curling, cross country skiing and women's slopestyle free skiing. Keri Herman, a native of Bloomington, Minnesota, is competing in that event. Dave Schwartz of KARE-11 is tracking all the Minnesota athletes and he spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer.February 11, 2014
  • What the new stadium might look like without the Vikings
    If state officials and Vikings' owners have their way, Vikings games won't be the only events to occupy the new downtown Minneapolis stadium now under construction.February 10, 2014
  • Seeing Sochi Day 4: Our favorite Olympics photos
    Among Monday's highlights in Sochi: Charles Hamelin of Canada raced to the 1,500-meter short track speedskating gold, and Viktor Ahn earned the bronze to give Russia its first-ever short track medal; Michel Mulder of the Netherlands earned the 500-meter speedskating gold; and Martin Fourcade won the 12.5-kilometer biathlon pursuit.February 10, 2014
  • Missouri All-American football player says he's gay
    Tolerance is about to be tested in the National Football League. And Michael Sam hopes his ability is all that matters, not his sexual orientation. Missouri's All-America defensive end came out to the entire country Sunday night.February 10, 2014
  • US speedskaters get a little help from their friends
    The secret to their success includes talent, skill and hard work, but there's also a network of support that buoys the team.February 9, 2014
  • Seeing Sochi Day 3: Our favorite Olympics photos
    Sochi, Russia AP -- Among the eight gold medalists on Day 3 were: snowboarder Jamie Anderson, the American slopestyle queen who triumphed in her sport's Olympic debut; Irene Wust, who showed why speedskating is Dutch territory; and Russia in team figure skating, likewise an Olympic newcomer, for its first gold in Sochi. Here are some of our favorite photos from Day 3.February 9, 2014
  • Seeing Sochi Day 2: Our favorite Olympics photos
    In all, 98 gold medals will be awarded over the next 16 days, and five were settled on Day 2.February 8, 2014
  • First gold medal goes to an American
    Slopestyle snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg has won the first gold medal in the Sochi Olympics. The 20-year old said his winning run was the best of his life.February 8, 2014
  • Alex Rodriguez drops lawsuit against baseball, players union
    The federal lawsuit was the Yankees third baseman's last chance at trying to overturn the unprecedented punishment handed down by the league over allegations that Rodriguez used performance-enhancing drugs and then tried to scuttle an investigation into his use of the drugs.February 7, 2014
  • Debate: Chickens should be able to roost in residential areas.
    A debate from the "Sartell Says: Town Hall Debate" series, on the motion "Chickens should be able to roost in residential areas." The debate touched on issues related to urban and rural life, local food, personal rights, property values, and more. Moderated by Patty Candella.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, February 7, 2014
  • Seeing Sochi Day 1: Our favorite Olympics photos
    The Winter Olympics are now officially underway. After two days of practice and qualifying, the opening ceremony has taken place in the resort town of Sochi, Russia.February 7, 2014
  • Video: New looks inside the planned Vikings stadium
    The Vikings released a new video tour of the Vikings stadium set to open in 2016.February 7, 2014
  • Vikes tickets at new stadium: $50 to $400
    The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and the Vikings are unveiling more about their plan to get about $125 million out of fans0February 7, 2014

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