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Charles Bird, a long-time attorney in Rochester, was part of a crew that landed a giant black marlin to win a fishing tournament in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Elgin native Travis Walch will be doing the color commentary for two state championship football games and onset analysis for three other games from U.S. Bank Stadium this Friday and Saturday.
M.J. Wagenson, a member of the Rochester Area Officials Association, became the first woman in Minnesota to ever officiate a state tournament semifinal game in Minnesota.
Sam Bailey is stepping back as the Section 1 swimming and diving tournament director after holding the role since 1985. He has been a meet official for nearly 50 years and spent 24 years as a coach.
Winona State currently leads the South Division of the NSIC with a 5-0 mark in football and will play at Minnesota State, Mankato on Saturday with a chance to clinch the outright title.
The Arena Curling Nationals is being held in Eveleth, Minn., beginning on Thursday and Rochester will have a men's and women's team competing for the first time.

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Rochester's Dan Lyons, who played 12 seasons of pro baseball, will join the staff at Rochester Batting Cages as the facility's new hitting coach.
Mitch Brown, a former minor-league baseball pitcher, gets analytical as he works to improve area players through Velocity Baseball Training.
The Minnesota Baseball Association will merge the Class A and B divisions beginning next season which means there will be more competition in the quest for an amateur baseball state title.

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