JOTTINGS

• Vikings owner Mark Wilf got a great honor from the Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA) when he was recognized as a Visionary Leader. Wilf was honored for his philanthropic leadership at an awards banquet celebrating the agency’s 100th anniversary. Wilf has been on the JTA board of directors since 2002. … Wilf has long been a key charitable figure for the JTA, and also runs the Jewish Federations of North America, which is a national initiative that helps Holocaust survivors in need who are living in the United States.

 

• Talk about the value of franchises changing in the Twin Cities, Carl Pohlad paid $36 million to Calvin Griffith for the Twins franchise in 1984 and now Forbes has valued it at $1.025 billion.

 

• Jerry Bell, the longtime Twins executive, will have a baseball field dedicated to him near his home in North St. Paul. Jerry Bell Field will be dedicated May 6.

 

• New Vikings defensive end Datone Jones will see a lot of familiar faces in the Vikings locker room as he will join former UCLA teammates Eric Kendricks, Anthony Barr, Kevin McDermott and Kai Forbath.

 

• The Gophers wrestling team made a huge splash recently with the verbal commitment from Apple Valley star junior Gable Dan Steveson, who is a three-time state champ, and rated as the top junior wrestler in the country. Steveson also has won two high school national titles and hasn’t lost a match since eighth grade and had offers from Iowa, Penn State and Oklahoma State. Gable’s brother Bobby will be a redshirt sophomore next season for the Gophers, Bobby was a three-time high school state champion and went 14-18 last season.

 

• It was a great week for Brian Dutcher, the Bloomington native and son of former Gophers men’s basketball coach Jim Dutcher, who was announced as the new head coach at San Diego State following the retirement of Steve Fisher. Dutcher had been coaching with Fisher for 28 years.