• Business & Finance

    St. Cloud Financial Credit Union has a new leadership team member

    St. Cloud Financial Credit Union has a new chief lending officer. Chase Larson has almost 15 years of banking and finance experience. He has expertise in mortgage lending, business banking and SBA lending, according to the company.  “I am excited to get back to my credit union roots and work alongside the talented staff at St. Cloud Financial Credit Union serving their great members and communities,” Larson said. Larson is a St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce Top Hat Ambassador, a board member of St. Cloud Stand Down, a Sartell Chamber Blue Jacket Ambassador, a volunteer with United Way of  

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  • Sports & Travel

    Sports, Team Selection, Vaccine, Travel, More

    [Written by Don Burgess] Team selection in the age of vaccine mandates is causing sports organizations to jump through extra hoops. Some like the Bermuda Olympic Association and the Bermuda Amateur Swimming Association are going forward with a policy that only vaccinated athletes will be considered for selection. Others, such as the Bermuda Football Association, player selection will be on a tournament-by-tournament basis. Complicating factors include countries such as the US and Canada having mandatory vaccination policies for travellers. So even if a team was playing in the Caribbean, getting unvaccinated players there would be an extra logistical problem and  

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  • Sports & Travel

    Las Vegas Seeking Tourism Boost of Another Major Sports Team

    Denied a major professional sports franchise for decades because of the potential for gambling interference, the city of Las Vegas is looking to add its third team in the last five years. Tourism officials are ecstatic about the chatter – and it’s only chatter right now – that the Oakland Athletics could relocate to Sin City, just as their neighbor the Oakland Raiders football team did in 2020. ADVERTISING According to a terrific story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Oakland Athletics president Dave Kaval visited Las Vegas in May and took in a playoff hockey game featuring the Golden  

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  • Sports & Travel

    Bulls’ Zach LaVine won’t travel to Tokyo with U.S. team

    U.S. men’s basketball player Zach LaVine will not travel with team to Tokyo on Monday and has been placed in USA Basketball’s health and safety protocols. USA Basketball said it’s “out of an abundance of caution” that LaVine won’t travel with the team, and the hope is he can rejoin the team later this week. LaVine, who stars for the Chicago Bulls, had 13 points in Sunday’s exhibition game against Spain. Just eight players will make the trip on Monday as the Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker and Milwaukee Bucks’ Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton are still playing in the NBA  

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  • Sports & Travel

    White Sox catcher Grandal gives $25,000 to local travel team

    In 2011, when Yasmani Grandal met Heather — the woman who would become his wife — he told her he worked in construction. In reality, Grandal at that time was a top minor-league baseball prospect on his way to the majors after starring at Miami Springs High and the University of Miami. Grandal and Heather had been dating for one year — in Arizona, where she’s from and where he was playing Triple A baseball — before he finally told her about his actual career. “One of the biggest things about ‘Yas’ is how humble he is,” Heather told the  

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