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Continued: From 1989: Timberwolves' Harv and Marv liked an informal approach

  • Article by: DENNIS BRACKIN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 22, 2013 - 10:02 AM

One of those areas is the NBA. Wolfenson was the instigator five years ago when they first considered purchasing a sports franchise. Ratner, at first reluctant, has become a willing partner, echoing Wolfenson's desire that they be remembered for giving something back to the community.

Before the NBA, Wolfenson and Ratner preferred a low profile. They have been benefactors in numerous areas, ranging from the Children's Hospital to the University of Minnesota athletic programs. They once purchased a troubled theater for the purpose of saving it, then returned it to the theater company without any publicity.

Times have changed. Wolfenson and Ratner are in the public eye, although at least one of them would prefer to fade back into relative anonymity. "I like it better now than I did a year ago, because a year ago it was just Bob (team president Bob Stein), myself and Harvey," Wolfenson said. "Now we've got players and a coach and other people that can be written about. They don't have to cover us that much."

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