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Owatonna native and Rochester Grizzlies goalie Zach Wiese committed to play Division I college hockey at the University of Minnesota last week. He's the first Grizzly to play Division I hockey.
Zach Wiese carried on the Rochester Grizzlies' tradition of strong goaltending in the 2021-22 season, leading the franchise to its first-ever Fraser Cup championship, as postseason champions of the North American 3 Hockey League. Now he's made more franchise history, becoming the first Grizzlies player to commit to a Division I college. And it's not just any D1 program. It's the home-state University of Minnesota.
The USDA Rural Development office of Southeast Minnesota held a summit Wednesday to discuss federally funded loan programs that can help home and property owners in rural communities across the region.
Travis Wiuff, a veteran professional fighter from Kasson, recently came back from Las Vegas where he won a Greco-Roman style wrestling national championship at 130 kilograms in his age division. He says he still wants to continue doing mixed-martial arts events but at age 44, he recognizes those opportunities are becoming scarce.

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A scoreboard of Tuesday's boys hockey games.
Austin and Albert Lea will meet for the Section 1A girls hockey championship, while Lakeville South and Northfield will play for the Section 1AA title.
From Division I commits to skilled seventh-grade playmakers, the Section 1 girls hockey playoffs are loaded with talent.

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