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John Shipley

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Minneapolis, MN, United States

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Recent articles by John:

John Shipley: NHL has a plan to resume play. How quaint.

It was mid-March when sports came to a halt, first with the NBA, and then quickly college basketball, the NHL, Major League Baseball and MLS. When the shock wore off, we furrowed our brows and wond… → Read More

Twin Cities youth soccer leagues cancel summer seasons

Minnesota Youth Soccer Association and Twin Cities Soccer Leagues have canceled their 2020 summer seasons, but teams can begin training under state guidelines on June 1. → Read More

For Wild’s Eric Staal, NHL’s return is difficult to envision

MN Wild center Eric Staal says he's ready to play the rest of the 2019-20 season but says return this summer "is hard right now to envision." → Read More

Coronavirus shuts down USA Cup in Blaine

The USA Cup, the third-largest youth soccer tournament in the world, will not be played this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Youth sports organizers still looking for solid answers

News about the next phase or reopening from Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday left Twin Cities youth sports organizers still wondering whether they would play this summer. → Read More

Youth, amateur sports in Minnesota hoping to get green light for summer seasons

East Metro baseball coaches are hoping to make up for two lost seasons this summer; they’re just waiting for Gov. Tim Walz to give them, and other Minnesota youth and amateur sports, the green ligh… → Read More

John Shipley: If baseball can’t share the misery, just forget it

Commissioner Rob Manfred presented the owners’ restart proposal to an already circumspect MLB Players Association. Negotiations will be difficult and contentious, but each side would do well to understand that America’s capacity for this is probably at an all-time low. → Read More

‘Big Fella,’ Twins clubhouse mainstay, has died – Twin Cities

Wayne Hattaway, a longtime equipment manager, trainer and clubhouse attendant in the Twins organization known as “Big Fella,” has died. He was 80. The Twins said Hattaway died after a s… → Read More

As MN starts to reopen for businesses, small retailers eagerly await their turn

Grand Jeté owner Ruthena Fink did some scouting Friday. → Read More

As many as 100,000 Minnesotans can return to work on Monday

Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday announced the state’s plans to take “some of the economic pressure off” the state by letting thousands of Minnesotans to return to work as soon as Monday. While the govern… → Read More

What will it look like when Minnesota’s economy begins to open? – Twin Cities

It’s one thing to re-open a business, another to make employees and customers feel safe there. → Read More

Homemade covers can extend use of scarce N95 masks. Volunteers sought.

Minnesotans have been pushing sewing machines to their limits the past several weeks making facemasks for those on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Now a coalition of local business and … → Read More

Gov. Walz: Statewide mask drive will support congregate living facilities

Governor Tim Walz's office said Saturday that homemade masks made during its weeklong drive will be distributed to those living and working in congregate living facilities. → Read More

Gov. Walz announces statewide initiative for homemade face masks

Gov. Tim Walz on Friday announced a statewide initiative to get Minnesotans to fabricate homemade facemasks. “Crafters, sewers and creative people all over have been doing this already,” Walz said … → Read More

Twin Cities artist launches site to help deaf community cope with coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has been frightening and confusing for millions worldwide. Imagine facing it without being able to communicate with a wide swath of the population. Ellie Kidder is working … → Read More

He wanted to get people outdoors. Now he’s helping them quarantine.

Michelle Allen’s laundry routine is intense. A nurse at St. Joseph’s in St. Paul, she bags and ties her scrubs after each shift and puts them in her trunk. After six shifts, she puts on a pair of g… → Read More

Minnesota distillery finds unlikely partner for first big batch of hand sanitizer

Tattersall Distilling has halted production of its rye whiskey to concentrate on making hand sanitizer during the coronavirus pandemic. Its first big customer was Hazelden Betty Ford. → Read More

Don’t know where to donate your PPE? There’s a local web site for that

If you’re among the hundreds of Minnesotans fabricating homemade PPE but don’t know where your work is needed most, there’s a website for that. Donate Good Stuff ( is a free, no… → Read More

UMN professor gets gift from former student in China: face masks to battle coronavirus

Frank Bates was surprised to hear last week from an old student of his at the University of Minnesota. Bates, a Regents professor of chemical engineering, hadn’t heard from the former doctoral fell… → Read More

Coronavirus in MN: Once-idled 3D printers cranking out face shields 24/7

Mark Westlake barely notices the whir and whine of the 3D printers in his Lakeville home anymore. He’s had three of them going 24/7 since last Thursday. “I can’t tell if I’m just used to it,” he sa… → Read More