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Yes, technically it's April, but March Madness comes to Minneapolis this week. if you’re trying to score some last-minute Final Four tickets, the Better Business Bureau has some advice.

During the frosty winter months, Maple Grove’s youth football association does not lie dormant. For the parents, coaches and players, football is a year-round sport.

Last February, the Osseo High School Orioles beat out 10 to 15 other schools to win the inaugural Minnesota State High School Powerlifting Championship. The team, formed by weight room supervisor and coach Daniel Prody, started as an informal group of student athletes training in the off-season.

The World Taekwondo Academy sent athletes to the U.S. Taekwondo Open in Las Vegas in January. Maple Grove residents Alasan Ann (17), Ava Lee (11) and Noah Pettingell (14) came back with gold medals.

Dawn Turner moved to Maple Grove from Alabama five years ago and started the non-profit Darby’s Dancers because of a friend of her daughter’s named Darby.

Like a hearty laugh or the sports page in the morning, it’s inevitable that some things will be passed down from a parent to child. For Maple Grove’s Leyse family, that trait was the art of coaching.

Growing up, my family eagerly awaited our bi-yearly fix of the Olympics. Our sports? Gymnastics in the summer and figure skating in the winter. Olga Korbut and Nadia Comaneci held our amazement with daring moves and perfect scores.

Maple Grove Senior High girls swim and dive team has been proud to have their own mascot for the last year: Swimmie. Modeled after the school mascot Leafie, Swimmie has become much more than just the face of the team.

We all have dreams and aspirations of becoming the best at what we do—Gannon Farrens shows that it’s never too early to start chasing those dreams, literally.

They’re elite female athletes in their early 20s to mid-40s. They are restaurant cooks, military personnel, police officers, medical-field workers, teachers, personal trainers and stay-at-home moms.

Many people may know Ryan Stockhaus as the new football coach for the defending state champion football team at Osseo High School. What people may not know is that Stockhaus is also a special education teacher, husband and avid baseball fan.

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