La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

TwinsFest moves to Blaine

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: December 30, 2010 - 2:59 PM

TwinsFest 2011 will be held at the National Sports Center in Blaine, the club announced this afternoon, in response to the Metrodome being shut down through March due to repairs of the Teflon roof after it collapsed during a snowstorm.

The event will take place on the same dates (Jan. 28-30). Because of the smaller location, the Twins urge fans to purchase tickets ASAP before they run out.

About 60 current and former players are expected to appear during TwinsFest, which is the main fundraiser for the Twins Community Fund.

``While it is unfortunate that we cannot hold TwinsFest at the Metrodome Twins fans will certainly enjoy what we have planned at the National Sports Center,” Twins president Dave St. Peter said in a release. ``The signature aspects of TwinsFest will remain unchanged with strong player participation, the region’s largest sports collectable show and fan interactives with all proceeds benefiting the youth baseball and softball programs of the Twins Community Fund.  As we look forward to the event, the entire Twins family appreciates the support of the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission and the National Sports Center staff for their collective support and partnership in working to accommodate this significant event on such short notice.”

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The timing of the announcement is bad, considering the bigger news of the day. But with the event happening in less than a month from now the Twins don't want to sit on the information.



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