Smoked Sunshine - July Flashback - Erika Fizzles But Florida Flood Risk Remains

Smoked Sunshine - July Flashback - Erika Fizzles But Florida Flood Risk Remains

Yesterday was a murky day, smoke from western wildfires kept our sky dirty - keeping daytime highs a few degrees cooler. A very warm week is shaping up - I hesitate calling it a heat wave, but a few days may approach or even top 90F. Meanwhile Erika is no longer a tropical storm but that doesn't mean the flood risk for Florida has passed. Not yet.

Vikings go off the script for first Bridgewater-to-Wallace bomb

August 29
Fans who were clamoring for a big play from Mike Wallace finally got what they were hoping for.

Walsh booms a 50-yard punt, but misses another field-goal try

August 29
Vikings kicker Blair Walsh hasn’t punted on a regular basis since high school, but the Vikings ask him to practice that skill every once in a while in the event of an injury.
Twins
August 29

Postgame: Buxton's defense kept deficit from getting worse

Twice, Astro hitters blooped what looked like certain hits into shallow right-center, and both times Byron Buxton came streaking over to make running catches.
Vikings
August 29

Hodges 'felt natural' in his first career start at middle linebacker

The Vikings coach liked what he saw from Gerald Hodges in his first career start at middle linebacker.
Sports
August 29

McKee still one-on-one champion of 'Noon Ball'

“Noon Ball’’ is an activity of mini-legend among the basketball fanatics of St. Paul.
Vikings
August 29

Vikings get Texas-sized final tune-up

The Vikings starters are expected to play into the second quarter tonight in Arlington, Texas. Whether they stick around after halftime will depend on whether they satisfied coach Mike Zimmer with their performance.
Twins
August 29
Minnesota Twins designated hitter Miguel Sano waits to bat before a ba...

Sano back in Twins lineup to face Astros

Rookie slugger Miguel Sano returns to lineup against the Astros' Mike Fiers, who no-hit the Dodgers last time out.
Sports
August 29

UND won't add 'no nickname' option to ballot; voting rules set

A vote will be held in October among five new nicknames for the University of North Dakota and the vote is open to anyone -- for a price.
Sports
August 29
Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke (24) jawboned at St. Louis Blues r...

Russo: Unsigned Cooke has fire in the belly

Matt Cooke still hopes his career isn't over and Mike Yeo discusses his assistant coach's arrest and hopes he "gets better."
Twins
August 29

Postgame: Jepsen doesn't mind his heavy workload

Though the Twins expect Glen Perkins to return to closer role soon, perhaps immediately, Kevin Jepsen has enjoyed the ninth inning.
Blogs
August 28

Warming Up: Sweaty Start to September. Weakened "Erika" May Flood Florida by Monday

The rains pretty much avoided the metro yesterday; just a trace of rain at MSP International. Today will be sunny and lukewarm; downright hot weather returns next week with a streak of days in the 85-90F range. Meanwhile we're still keeping an eye on "Erika", which promises to deliver a memorable dousing to Florida early next week.
Twins
August 28

Sano has sore hamstring, won't play in series opener against Houston

Rookie slugger Miguel Sano wanted to stay in the Twins lineup for Friday's game, but manager Paul Molitor says it's not worth risking his health. Joe Mauer is also out of the lineup.
Variety
August 28

Duluth's Sacred Heart Music Center damaged by runaway truck

A two-story section of the historic church-turned-studio crumbled in the accident.
Sports
August 28

RandBall: Mauer has never batted with fewer runners on base

In spite of Joe Mauer’s overall struggles, he’s hitting .354 with runners in scoring position … yet his RBI pace (54) is so sluggish that it compares to last year (55) in almost an identical number of plate appearances
Blogs
August 28

Home builders in the Twin Cities score an August uptick

Despite a recent spike in single-family construction, home building so far this year has been flat compared with last year
Vikings
August 28
Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) caught a pass during the...

Rudolph says Vikings tight ends close-knit despite battle for jobs

The Vikings will be forced to make tough decisions at the tight end position before the start of the season.
Local
August 28

Stadium worker died of head injuries, medical examiner says

The construction worker who fell from the roof of the new Vikings stadium died of blunt force injuries of the head, the medical examiner's office announced Friday.
Variety
August 28

Greengirls, gardening and games at the fair

Greengirls, gardening and games at the fair
Sports
August 28

Herrmann pinch-hitting for Buxton: a multi-layered debate

Twins manager Paul Molitor pinch hit for Byron Buxton with two outs in the ninth in a 5-4 game Thursday, opting for light-hitting catcher Chris…
Sports
August 28
Gophers coach Jerry Kill

Five Big Ten West storylines

This week, as an added feature, Chip Scoggins and Joe Christensen are rolling out a series of Top Five lists each day, looking at the Gophers and the national college landscape.
Twins
August 28

Neal: A lot happened to the Twins on long road trip

The Twins are home following a 6-4 road trip, and face the surprising Houston Astros this weekend.
August 28

Clinton, O'Malley, Sanders, Chafee to address DNC summer meeting

Top Democratic presidential candidates vying for their part's nomination on Friday will give speeches at the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in Minneapolis.