Saturday, April 13, 2013
Online registration for the 2013 Step To It Challenge opened April 1 and runs May 1 to May 28.
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Step To It Challenge and the third year Shorewood has participated. The Step To It Challenge is a friendly, physical activity competition which began in 2009 with five Hennepin County community partners. Along with creating camaraderie and spirit, it’s a great opportunity for people of all ages to get moving after a long winter. The Minnesota Twins and KARE 11 join Hennepin County and participating communities as proud sponsors of the 2013 Step To It Challenge. Winning participants from each community will be recognized during a Twins game this summer. There is a competition between participants and between the participating cities for the most steps walked. The City of …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Scheduled to open in 2014, the Interchange aims to integrate a variety of transportation options.
Editor’s Note: The following announcement comes from Hennepin County. There’s going to be more than baseball to watch at Target Field this year as construction continues on the county’s Interchange project. Please keep in mind the following tips as you plan your trip to Target Field: Scheduled to open in 2014, the Interchange will serve as a central, multi-modal transportation hub and community gathering space in downtown Minneapolis. The Interchange embodies the principles of Open Transit, which integrates all models of transit, is development oriented, focuses on architecture that can create iconic indoor and outdoor spaces, appeals to passengers, residents, office workers and visitors alike, as well as integrating culture with …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Former Twin and World Series winner is currently an assistant coach for Wayzata High School's baseball team.
The Minnesota Twins have named Terry Steinbach their new bench coach. Steinbach currently serves as an assistant coach for Wayzata High School's baseball team. Steinbach won the 1989 World Series as a catcher for the Oakland A’s. He stayed with the A’s until 1996 before joining the Twins for his final three Major League seasons. Steinbach began coaching at Wayzata High School four years ago while his older son, Lucas, was on the team. Steinbach's younger son Jake graduated back in June and currently plays for the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Steinbach told Patch back in 2011 that coaching his kids was a natural fit and a way to give back some of the knowledge he picked up playing the game. “My wife and I would be there watching them …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Sluggers will sign autographs at Ridgedale later this month; "Miracle on Ice" goaltender Jim Craig will also be making an appearance.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Twins sluggers Josh Willingham and Trevor Plouffe will make appearances at Fan HQ in the Ridgedale Mall on Friday, Sept. 28 from noon to 1 p.m. Autograph tickets cost $40 apiece and are limited to 150. Tickets are currently on sale. Each ticket is good for one autograph from both Willingham and Plouffe on an item of your choice. No personalizations, inscriptions or posed photos. Fan HQ has photos, baseballs, bats, and other items for sale, or you can bring your item(s) to be signed. It was also announced this week that Jim Craig—goalie on the 1980 USA hockey team—will make an appearance in the store. Autograph Ticket Pricing: 8x10s, Magazines, Pucks - $25 each Photos larger than 8x10, figures, bobbleheads - $30 each Jerseys, sticks, …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Cities 97 and Oake on the Water offer a rare chance to catch two of hottest musical artists.
Excelsior will be buzzing with activity today as a summer tradition begins anew at the Bayside Grille and Fox Sports North welcomes Twins fans to Maynard's for a viewing party. Cities 97 radio host Brian Oake returns to Lake Minnetonka this afternoon to kick off the 10th season of "Oake on the Water." A play off the Deep Purple song "Smoke on the Water," Lake Minnetonka was the site of the first "Oake on the Water" in 2002, and the veteran Minneapolis disc jockey has returned every summer since—often multiple times each season. "(Lake) Minnetonka is just a good fit," Oake said last year while spinning from the patio of the Bayside Grille. "Oake on the Water is about celebrating the summer lifestyle in Minnesota, which largely revolves …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Grants were awarded for equipment purchases in Deephaven and Orono.
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners has approved the spring round of 2012 Youth Sports equipment and small capital asset grants—including $16,000 for a pair of purchases in the Lake Minnetonka area. The Lake Minnetonka Sailing School in Deephaven has been awarded $6,000 to purchase new boat motors, and Crystal Bay Park in Orono has received $10,000 for the purchase of new playground equipment. Since 2009, more than $9 million has been distributed to 54 facility grants and 40 equipment grants. Facility grants are awarded once each year, and equipment and small asset grants are awarded twice per year. A total of $144,400 will be distributed for 24 equipment and small asset grants this spring. Equipment grants are based on the …
Monday, April 9, 2012
The Twins return home today to begin a stretch of 19 games in 21 days against some of the game’s best teams and most dominating aces.
The Baltimore Orioles are supposed to be among the worst teams in baseball this season—spending their summer jockeying with the Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres for the worst record in baseball. Well, Baltimore has won three straight to start 2012, sweeping the Minnesota Twins to take an early—albeit likely short-lived—lead in the loaded American League East. While few around baseball envision the Twins heading to the postseason, Minnesota showed little life against an Orioles squad that managed to win just 69 games a year ago (six more than the Twins) and this year features a lineup of scrap heap salvages. As the season enters its second week, things don’t get any easier for Minnesota. After departing Baltimore having…
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Maynards hosted an afternoon of hot stove baseball.
The annual Twins Caravan brought All-Star catcher Joe Mauer and third baseman Danny Valencia to Maynards in Excelsior Thursday afternoon. "My son begged and begged for me to let him miss school so he could see Joe," Ken Broxton of Chanhassan said as his third-grader waited anxiously for the players to arrive. "Eventually he convinced me, and eventually I convinced his mother. He's really excited. Joe is is favorite player." Radio station 1500 AM was broadcasting live from a large heated tent set up near the shores of Lake Minnetonka, and about 50 audience members had a chance to take photos, ask questions of the players and enter contests for game tickets and memorabilia. Mauer and Valencia talked about a wide range of topics during their …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Lake Minnetonka stop part of Twins Winter Caravan tour.
The Minnesota Twins have confirmed that Joe Mauer will make a public appearance today (Thursday, Jan. 26) at Maynards in Excelsior. Mauer is scheduled to arrive at noon, and he will be on his way to Rochester by 1 p.m. Mauer will be accompanied by third baseman Danny Valencia and play-by-play television announcer Cory Provus. Radio station 1500 AM will be broadcasting from the site and talking with Mauer and Valencia. "Mauer will be there at 12 p.m.," read a Thursday tweet from the Twins to Maynards. It's unclear if Mauer will be signing autographs. From around the Web:
Friday, September 9, 2011
Jim Buck was recognized for his positive contributions to youth baseball.
Orono youth baseball coach Jim Buck was the guest of honor at Tuesday's Minnesota Twins game. Buck was selected by the Twins and "Play Ball! Minnesota" to receive the 2011 Minnesota Coaches Award and was honored on the field before the Sept. 6 game against the Chicago White Sox. Click here to read the full story on Buck's award. Twins first base coach Jerry White presented Buck with a certificate signed by manager Ron Gardenhire and a team jacket. He and his guests were also given tickets to the game. Buck coached not one, but two youth baseball teams this summer—an Orono nine-year-old team and the Orono 10A tournament team. The 10A team was runner-up at the state championship tournament in July. He was nominated for this award by some …